“We understand how dangerous a mask can be. We all become what we pretend to be.”
― Patrick Rothfuss

Are we all wearing masks these days? Are we all hiding our true identities from each other? I feel that people have stopped sharing their true emotions, stopped confiding in friends and people around them.  We only share secret when we attach a nondisclosure agreement in the relationship.

That’s’ not an honest sharing.People have stopped telling each other the deep dark secrets as they don’t trust anyone, anymore.


Because everyone is hiding their true identity from each other so everyone is so guarded against each other that they feel very scared and threatened if anyone tries to enter their private and sacred place.The sacred place of their thought and real emotions.They use it as a respite from the truth.

That’s’ the reason the relationships are so fragile and shallow these days. They don’t have the deepness of trust built in them.

We all want to hide behind a mask.The masks can either protect you or can act as a coping mechanism in the superfluous society where every weakness today is mocked upon.Where every honest and naive heart seems as the most fragile and vulnerable one. Where evil is just lurking around the corner to devour your honest intention and make you feel regret about sharing the true self at the first place.

You use your mask as a shield, am armor, against all the hatred in the world.
and only reveals your true self to the closest person you have in your life. Some might have one, some unfortunate people don’t have that privilege and they finally succumb to their feelings.We have hotlines to deal with people suffering from depressions and having suicidal thoughts but the same person is being totally shunned in his own living space.

We proud ourselves to be called as a social animal. But deep inside how social are we.?

Are we social to people who voice out their problems and strong opinions in the public? Are we tolerant or civil to the opinion when it’s on the other end of the spectrum?

No, Absolutely not.

They say ” Internet is the perfect hiding place, as it doesn’t reveal you’re true identity”.

The internet is your true mask.

I guess that’s the reason where a person is more comfortable to voice their opinion in an online forum rather than taking a stronger stand in the town hall.

We all wear masks and everyone has their own reason.

Are you wearing one today or are you the reason for someone wearing their own?

Photo by Finan Akbar on Unsplash

This post is in response to the daily prompt Costume


23 thoughts on “Masks

  1. Such a great thought…..
    Yeah I totally agree with you… Nowadays people are putting up their repo on social media as an alter ego…. Not the actual one….
    It actually comes up to this question that the people we meet, greet and talk; do they actually love us or the mask that we all are putting on…. 🎭

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  2. What an interesting and thought provoking post Megha.
    The internet is a fascinating place isn’t it?
    For some, they wear masks and seek anonymity so they can speak, perhaps with words they are afraid to utter day to day.

    For me I am exceedingly honest here, I bare my face, my real name. People get to see a concentrated version of my everyday self – for I am a cheery soul and popular with friends and colleagues. I work in health care and love to greet a patient with a smile and a reassuring manner. I am an empath. I like to interact with people regardless of their age or background – as long as they are their true selves with me.
    Yet I am an Armadillo in progress. I’m finding these days I do have to wear an armor at times .. to protect myself, but not quite as a mask of concealment. The world can be too harsh for me at times. My batteries deplete and I retreat, to poetry or music or the forest. I bare my heart easily, fall in all types of love readily … with person, animal … nature.
    This vulnerability can be a blessing and a curse – even in the online environment. I hear stories of negative interactions; I have crossed paths with the most wonderful folk in the last nine months. When I traveled to France at Christmas I even met a glorious fellow blogger and we had a magnificent time together. Imagine the trust on her part, inviting me into her home for 4 days….

    The moral of the story is, wear a mask at your own peril. A masked heart will be met with other masks. And it’s not the mask that concerns me, it’s the vacant eyes that sometimes lurk behind them.
    Yikes, longest comment ever. ❤

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    1. Aww Diana I feel so honored that my post spoke to you and you have graced it with our comments. I can totally relate to you saying that people are anonymous on the internet , I don’t blame them cause they have their own reasons to do that. But to deliberately wear a mask in real life with intention to super someone in a relationship, I’d the thing I detest.
      I have always found you a very honest and an sensitive person.I see a lot of me in you.
      Thanks for sharing your bits of life with me. An honor all the way!!

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      1. My pleasure! You had my non caffeinated mind whirring!
        The relationship seeking mask wearers are sociopaths I fear the most. They are very hard to spot as their deceptive skills are well practiced.

        Soul sister 😊 🎶 have a lovely day!

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  3. well written Megha with lots of depth … the internet is NOT a hidden secret place, everything is being recorded … so people have that very very wrong!
    We all need to find real people we trust to share are issues with, this raw honesty makes community. We should be able to trust and communicate freely with a select few …

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