Behind the Masquerade

Volume 14 Issue 2, September 2014

Why do people wear masks?
Is it to put on a good face for the people that are in front of us, no matter what may lie beneath?
Is it because we are vulnerable and seek to protect ourselves? Do we just want to show others what they want to see?
No matter the reason, every single person wears at least one mask on a daily basis.
This could be an actual mask for a costume all the way to a metaphorical mask that projects an image of ourselves that we want everyone to see. These masks can change in the blink of an eye, or they can be maintained over a longer period of time, which makes one wonder: do we eventually become the mask that we wear, if we wear it often enough? Does it become a part of us?
If a tree falls in the forest and no one is around to hear it, does it still make a sound?
If we are alone, do our masks fall, revealing what is beneath? Or are we never really alone?
Throughout this issue, we wrestle with the ultimate question—exactly what happens when our masquerades finally end? What is beneath?

Jessica Groom