The Person vs the Persona

"God gives you one face and you create another" Sure, it's fun to play dress-up or re-invent yourself from time to time but some people take it to a level that can only be called extreme. They create a persona and spend every waking moment developing and maintaining that character. When all of one's attention is focused on the outward appearances and even elements of their true self such as mannerisms and gestures are altered to fit this character, the person consumes the person. All they are left with is their costumes, feathers and fluff. None of it is real. When you start to believe your own hype, the end - the end of your life and the existence of a soul - is upon you. The affliction of the persona is just another case of people being afraid of being real. Many people use different names - actors, writers, entertainers... Those who take it to the next level and create a persona are missing something very key. "What's in a name? A rose called by any other would smell just as sweet" If a rose decided to change its name to 'honeysuckle' and then changed its scent to go along with its new name, it's lost the essence of what it means to be a rose. Along the same lines, the more the persona envelops the person, the emptier they become inside. Many of them turn to alcohol or drugs in an attempt to fill the void, to feed the monster that drives them. Or maybe it's to keep them from seeing how ridiculous it is to go to the grocery store in character? These are desperate people who put everything into covering up that which they try to hide from the rest of the world, that which led them to create something and someone else who could walk through the world and be emulated. But, it's a hollow existence. Success can't fill it - nothing can. They'll either sink deeper and deeper in their self-destruction or they'll finally take off the wigs and make-up and vintage clothing and have the courage to stand before the rest of the world, completely exposed and say " This is who I am, deal with it." People are afraid to be real. If you don't live in reality, you're not really living.

 

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