Most of the lives I can see around are managed lives! It (‘managing’) has become an integral part of the society – just like the dresses we wear, ornaments we adorn, smiles we retain on our faces all the time – it is like a social fabric we have to necessarily wear! Sometimes the mask would be laughing, sometimes crying, or grimacing and scowling. It does entertain, scare, shock the on-lookers. As if it can hide our real emotions?? In some cases, it is quite successful in doing so! As if, you lead a pseudo life? How many times you have stopped ourselves from doing good to others? When was the last time you felt thoroughly happy?
The biggest unseen danger of wearing a mask is – you become like the mask you wear! You forget to acknowledge your true feelings, longings, relations, tastes, values, likes or dislikes etc. I have witnessed this quite often while moving with so-called ‘pseudo’ rich class in the social gatherings I attend in my ‘happening’ city ‘Mumbai’. I have even encountered such masks in the developed world like the US, for instance. A plastic smile! A greeting like ‘How do you do?’ question is extended, without bothering or waiting to hear the answer! There is no naturalness, no spontaneity, or an earnest effort in their behavior – wherein the person inevitably asks himself – ‘Am I in a real world?’, ‘Can I trust him or her?’, ‘Will he or she do what he/ she said? It is just a masquerade and there is no joyous being!! I feel lonely amongst such people, if I have to be telling the truth, without a mask on my face! Unfortunately, this ‘mask’ is being promoted amongst those who are close to each other too – as if such a thinking or behavior will earn them brownie points. NO, it does not! It only makes you more aloof and more selfish quite unknowingly, that’s all! At times, we feel like ‘stripping off’ the mask. Can we do it? NO! Because everyone is wearing one!! How can I remove it and be the odd person?
The biggest load you are carrying is your personality. Often, we do not realize this! We complain of excessive load of work, relationships that are taking their toll on us tearing us apart and many other personal problems. Little do we realize, it is our personality that cuts us off from natural joy. We do not realize that we all are the same i.e. part of the whole – Universal Self. This personality is created by you, which is guided by your misplaced ego, pride, and narrow mindedness. Everything is – as a result of the mask we wear all the time! We think this mask will protect us. Does it, really? It only adds to our existing problems. It makes us ‘very’ insensitive, confused, powerless ( because we hand over the reins and control to the mask and become a servant to it)!! So, we regretfully make excuses, tell lies, stoop low to meet personal gains – and, slowly and unknowingly, we lose our ‘true’ self to the mask we wear. Our lives are run by our masks worn by us and in turn it makes us its servant, quite contrary to what should have happened. Mask should listen to us, right??
Yes, we do not need this mask – because basically we all are the same – human beings – made of same stuff, values, similar character, similar likes or dislikes, similar needs and wants! We are in this together, right? Whom are we trying to fool by wearing the mask? Why not live ‘natural’ just like we are made? We are expected to live happily and naturally, right? We need each other as we are part of the whole, okay? Do we realize this fact?
Remove your mask?