The Great Unmasking

the great unmasking

It’s good news. The pandemic is winding down and smiles are due back in vogue for the Spring 2022 collection of human faces.

I’m not going to add to the topic of medical masks though. Instead, I felt inspired to weave more of an existential thread through the topic, using the madness going on in the world right now as fuel.

Unmasking The Mother

I couldn’t help but look at “The Great Unmasking” from the perspective of our planet, aka Mother Earth.

If she was to take off her mask today, would she be happy with what she found underneath, when she looked in the mirror? War pulsating like a horrible oozing spot in the middle of her face on what should have been a day of celebration. Maybe we can still celebrate, I don’t think she can.

I’d imagine she would cry when she sees what’s going on beneath her mask. Another war, more destruction, more division, more tyranny, more suffering.

“Have they learned anything!?” I imagine her say.

Peeling Off The Persona

Sure, on the surface, we now have a choice whether to wear a mask or not. Great. To each their own.

But what about peeling off a different mask? I’m talking about the persona which in latin literally translates as “mask”. In the psychology of C.G Jung, persona is “The mask or façade presented to satisfy the demands of the situation or the environment and not representing the inner personality of the individual; the public personality”.

In that context, “The Great Unmasking” raises some questions for me. Have I been wearing a “mask” my whole life? Have I just showed up and been who I needed to be to “fit in”? Have I suppressed that inner personality out of fear of ridicule or rejection?

Yes, yes and yes. Of course I have! It’s what we do isn’t it? The alternative would be unthinkable, right?

To stand their naked without the “mask” of persona would be much more unsettling than realising you’re not wearing “protection” as you sleepwalk through the checkout down the local shop. Can you imagine!?

I don’t need to.

Sure, it’s scary to take off this “mask”, to be who we are, no facade or protective shield to save us. Sure, it’s not advisable to do all of the time either. We do need our “mask” in many situations.

The question is, can we blur the lines between those roles and become more whole? Do we have the courage to stand naked and be who we really are whether anyone is watching or not? Sounds like quite the challenge. Maybe, on some level, that is exactly what we are all being called to do… Maybe.

I guess it depends on how tightly your “mask” is glued on and how many layers there are to it. Maybe we’re double masking, or even treble masking. Maybe we’ve forgotten what it is to BE without one? What is it we’re trying to keep safe anyway? This mask of persona doesn’t protect us from a virus.

The Masks Are Coming Off

Anyway, for better or worse, the masks are coming off. Now we have the chance to look ourselves in the mirror. Will we like what we see or is what we see just another mask… one we wear to hide from ourselves and our pain.

In some weird way, maybe it’s time for us all to look ourselves a little more deeply. Time to throw away the parts that don’t serve us or anyone else into the bin. Maybe that’s freedom. It sure smells like it.


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