The Truth Behind Every Mask

The truth behind every mask

In general, most of us like to dress up for Halloween or Carnival and maybe even wear a mask. We like to pretend during a certain day of the year, hiding behind a character and living in the world of fantasy.

But  we don’t realize that apart from Halloween, we wear masks every other day to hide from others, or even from ourselves. Other people see the image we put out. Because we are afraid of being alone, or simply because we follow social patterns, we hide behind elaborate disguises.

The mask says more than your face

A mask is a disguise, an object that covers your true face and changes your physical appearance. So metaphorically  , a mask is also a way of covering up your personality and portraying an identity that is different from your true identity.

One of the most common subconscious reasons for showing yourself as someone you are not is fear of not being respected, loved, or accepted. It’s normal to pretend a little and not be completely honest, because you feel more confident when you are how other people expect you to be.

Hiding yourself is a human response to the fear of being judged. For example, you can act tough so that other people don’t see that you are vulnerable, you can look stoic at a funeral, you can act kind so you don’t lose your job, and so on.

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We play a part of what we are and we are the part we play

Calderón de la Barca has this message for us: we put so much energy into pretending, but we don’t bother trying to accept who we really are and to improve ourselves. It seems easier to lie and be dishonest and just be superficial.

All this creates an area where appearance becomes more important than true feelings. We get carried away by prejudices, images and assumptions. It would be beneficial to learn to take off your own mask and look beyond other people’s masks when you come across them.

The best way to take off your mask is to get to know your true self and give it a shot. In this way you can also show your true self to the people around you without tricks and with your own magic. Without all those unnecessary illusions you will be much happier, because you realize that everything and everyone has a place in life.

Some people are not covered by the mask, but are revealed by it

Contrary to how it may seem,  sooner or later the mask you make will fall off or develop holes, shedding new light on the truth behind it. This is what happens to most people: the mask reveals who they really are, because time eventually betrays them.

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In other words, the more elaborate the mask is, the more your true self can be seen, just as José Saramago taught us. The danger is that you are not only deceiving yourself, but you are also deceiving others. Relationships are based on honesty and trust and pretending to be someone you are not automatically eliminates these two values.

 We all know what it’s like when someone we thought we knew cheats on us, when we find out he/she wasn’t who we thought he/she was. The truth makes us see behavior that the person was trying to hide from us.

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