The faces we wear

Nathaniel Hawthorne in The Scarlet Letter wrote;

No man for any considerable period can wear one face to himself and another to the multitude, without finally getting bewildered as to which may be the true.

True enough, in a society where we live behind multiple façades, how long until we forget who we really are?

Yes, you sceptics can  argue that many a time we have to put on a game face or another face simply to protect ourselves in the face of adversity. But the sad part is; while we masquerade around hidden behind masks, our true face is slipping away amidst the masked menagerie.

There are those, who wake up in the morning and don a different face in order to get through the day unscathed, simply because their true face is scarred by pain. But what are these people afraid of, showing the truth to others, or facing the truth when they look in the mirror?

I’m not saying, we should all walk around completely exposed, but hiding ourselves will only reveal something we are not, and mistaken identities are not the way forward.

Ralph Waldo Emmerson once wrote; ‘ Society is a masked ball, where everyone hides his real character, and reveals it by hiding.’ Let someone find you because you are worth it.


One comment on “The faces we wear

  1. C.Sriram says:

    Every man is a slave to his/her identity but the problem is that, it takes time for the individuals to know about their true identity mainly because of the necessities of the unfair world.


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