The Road Back to You by Ian Morgan Cron and Suzanne Stabile:
“Human beings are wired for survival. As little kids we instinctually place a mask called personality over parts of our authentic self to protect us from harm and make our way in the world,” (22)
and then later,
“Ironically, the term personality is derived from the Greek word for mask (persona), reflecting our tendency to confuse the masks we wear with our true selves, even long after the threats of early childhood have passed. Now we no longer have a personality; our personality has us!” (23).
YOU GUYS. This is powerful. This is terrifying.
What if we’re missing the point. What if we’ve lost sight of instrumental parts of who we are. Would we even recognize our authentic selves if they presented themselves to us?
I’ll leave you with this:
“The original, shimmering self gets buried so deep that most of us end up hardly living out of it at all. Instead we live out all the other selves, which we are constantly putting on and taking off like coats and hats against the world’s weather” (23).
And so. I encourage you to hunt. I encourage you to name your assortment of masks. I encourage you to start digging for your,”original, shimmering self.” God, I’d like to meet the Truth. It’s my assumption that you would too.