No man, for any considerable period, can wear one face to himself and another to the multitude, without finally getting bewildered as to which may be the true. *Nathaniel Hawthorne
I have been spending a good deal of time thinking about people. What people do, why they do it, when do they decide to do it…oh, the list goes on and on. But my studies are often cut short by one startling observation…. people tend to act disturbingly false. Which both adds to and destroys my study. After all, it seems pointless to take false behavior into consideration too much– or is it?
I wonder- Do people know they are being false….leading “two” lives….or are we all pretty disconnected with our real selves? Maybe it’s a sin-nature vs. righteousness, maybe it’s a wanting to be more than we actually are – or maybe we all simply miss the imagination of our childhood. It’s possible we are all great actors, maybe all the world is a stage… or maybe we just need it to be, maybe we can’t find comfort in our own skin. Maybe the dreams and thoughts we have are radical, or boring. Creative, or very plain….. I guess the possibilities are endless.
Whatever the case, I ask, would you prefer to go on living a semi-false existence? After all, I do not accuse you of being fake on purpose, I think much of this false behavior is celebrated by our culture. Or would you rather just see yourself plainly, and possibly alienate those near you, or even worse alienate yourself?
“The years that are gone seem like dreams–if one might go on sleeping and dreaming–but to wake up and find–oh! well! perhaps it is better to wake up after all, even to suffer, rather than to remain a dupe to illusions all one’s life.” * Kate Chopin