As someone once quoted, ” Face is the mirror of the soul”. Unfortunately, no longer it is because we all wear a mask. Today’s world is filled with manipulated things as well as manipulating people. We use the mask desperately to survive the doom we’ve brought upon the human race.
By the way, you know what a mask is?
Google says, “ it is a covering for all or part of the face, worn as a disguise, or to amuse or frighten others.” It is not just worn to amuse or frighten others but in the process to conceal our true self from others. Moreover, it also shields us from the reality of life. It is a disguise worn to fool others but over time it has got the potential to trick us as well.
How long have you been wearing your mask?
I’m sure you wont be able to answer this. Because we use it unknowingly or in an intend to ward off the unsettling feelings that grows out of the need to keep up with system and its demands. It happens slowly and gradually and later, you are given no chance to doubt, as it sticks to your skin and claims to be your own. Shocking, isn’t it?
Some wear a mask of arrogance and others ignorance, at times happiness, maybe sadness and even anger, it just keeps changing with circumstances. Mask is of varied types, so is our real self. Then, what is the difference between both?
I believe, the difference being masked and not is, when masked your emotions and the way it is expressed are controlled by external demands, which makes it unnatural. Whereas without a mask your emotions are not guarded or suppressed and are exposed in its actual self. There will be no twist and turns.
But is it safe to walk around without a mask?
Not at all, as we know the truth always slaps us on the face.
Then, why do we want to suffer? That’s right, we want no pain. We want something to blind us of the reality – the uncomfortable truth.
Ultimately, we invented a mask. We live in a system based on inequalities. So the rich wears the mask of arrogance, the middle class wears ignorance and the poor cannot afford a mask. However, this is just an assumption and cannot be generalized.
Anyway I cannot ask you to abandon your mask and be vulnerable. At the moment, maybe the mask is doing a good job but however, there will come a time when we have to take it off but we won’t be able to without removing some of our own skin.
Hence, remember the longer you wear the more you lose and soon it equals to no gain at all. In the end, the meaning of our very existence or the purpose will become totally unreachable, if we continue to dismiss it and view the world through the distorted lens of the mask.
You can consider it as a task or a challenge or an ultimatum – Have you got the courage to live your remaining life unmasked with your true self exposed?
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