“We all wear masks, and the time comes when we cannot remove them without removing some of our own skin.”
One reason for wearing a mask is to pretend to be someone or something else. The mask can be a kind of language that expresses the emotion of the figure one chooses to create. When one sees a person wearing a mask depicting a happy expression, what do you think it means? It may infer several meanings. It may convey the mask wearer’s genuine happiness to other people, and make them laugh, or it may mask, or hide, the wearer’s real emotions, such as unhappiness. Some masks may serve more than one purpose.
If I take out the mask, do you really know who am I?
We Wear the Mask
WE wear the mask that grins and lies,
It hides our cheeks and shades our eyes,—
This debt we pay to human guile;
With torn and bleeding hearts we smile,
And mouth with myriad subtleties.
Why should the world be over-wise,
In counting all our tears and sighs?
Nay, let them only see us, while
We wear the mask.
We smile, but, O great Christ, our cries
To thee from tortured souls arise.
We sing, but oh the clay is vile
Beneath our feet, and long the mile;
But let the world dream otherwise,
We wear the mask!