01.23.18 – The Mask(s)

No, this isn’t a post about the Jim Carrey movie. That’s probably one of the first things that popped into your mind when you read the title. If there is anything related to the movie, this post is going to be about the many masks society wears. I want you to take a second and reflect on what I’m about to write. Think about your family, friends, co-workers, acquaintances, etc. Do they convey outward what they truly represent? In other words, are they true to themselves or are they false? If false, why? Think about this. Go ahead, I’ll give you time.

Let me begin by first describing what a mask is. A mask is something we “put on” to be something we originally are not. I’m not talking about the physical sense of putting on a mask, but more of the emotional and mental mask. For example, a man may have to wear a stern mask at work if he oversees employees and is in a managerial position. When he is at home, he puts on a relaxed mask to embrace his family and friends. At the end of the day, the man may neither be stern or relaxed and just empty inside. This a fictional example, but now you have a better understanding of what I refer to as a mask.

We all wear masks for various reasons, and that’s a pretty normal thing for much of society. Everyone, for the most part, is always trying to fit in somewhere or seek approval from others. As a result, the true self is then buried deep within. Layers upon layers of masks create falseness. For the younger generations, wearing masks is a now a norm. It’s needed to move forward and assimilate into society, with the minimal thought being processed on the repercussions (good or bad). For older generations, there exists a collection of masks acquired throughout the years. They are used accordingly and have a big impact on society. Nonetheless, regardless of age, these masks become embedded with the true self. They gradually morph into the true self, and the person becomes something they originally were not. Kind of creepy when you think about it, but how real it is.

I have noticed a dangerous and growing trend that is now affecting society. Technology, with all its glory, is a huge part of our lives. We tend to communicate and interact with one another more with technology than in person. As a result, we create cyber-masks. These cyber-masks, in my opinion, are far more dangerous than the regular masks we are accustomed to. They have no emotional attachment, but can sure cause emotional damage. They can represent the best or worst in us, and can easily be used to manipulate and/or persuade others. As a result of this growing trend, we are seeing a vast amount of negative energy spread like wildfire. Unfortunately, cyber-masks are affecting the human bond we usually share with those around us. They are creating a plethora of confusion for the person wearing them, and especially for the person absorbing the presentation.

As we move forward this year, think about the masks you are wearing. Think about the people that interact with you, and how their masks affect you. Your true self is still there, but it is really up to you to rediscover it. It’s not an easy task, especially when you are forced to analyze yourself and see all the damage you may have caused to yourself and others. Removing your masks is the best way to break away from the chains of comformity and regression. Yes, those chains of repression, of injustice, of ignorance, of everything holding you back from ascencion.

Marilyn Manson said it best during a speech he did when he presented his hit, “The Beautiful People”, at the 1997 MTV Video Music Awards. ” My fellow Americans: We will no longer be oppressed by the fascism of Christianity! And we will no longer be oppressed by the fascism of beauty. As I see you all sittin’ out there trying your hardest not to be ugly, trying your hardest not to fit in, trying your hardest to earn your way into Heaven, but let me ask you: Do you want to be in a place that’s filled with a bunch of assholes?”

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