On The Meanings Of A Masque
A mask might let one see to what degree real life has become mere falsity.
Indeed, many of us wear invisible masks (personas) and act out our socially prescribed roles.
But masks aren't just for concealing identities; they can also permit people to connect with their shadow side as well as confident alter egos.
In theatre for example, a mask helps an actor to trade out his or her character by hiding behind different dramatis personæ.
Unconscious corners of psyche can thus be illuminated or enacted through multiple personalities reordered.
Thus, masks reveal that much of what we consider to be an essential part of our own inner makeup is simply habitual.
The fluidity of a consummate actor is something that more people should strive for. Instead, we tend toward inertia and inflexibility.
Skilled thespians stalk their usual Selves, which most of us take for granted and believe to be rather unchangeable.
Since we're already acting out parts to begin with, a little detachment would allow us to excel at the Masquerade that reality has become.
Prediction: Mask-wearing will soon be in vogue as a mode of individualistic expression. Anonymous, V and Guy Fawkes are just the beginning.