Unless you are uber-rich, a hermit or certifiably insane, you probably have to wear a mask now and then simply to go about your daily life. Most masks are for purely expedient purposes; you pull them out when you need them to emerge unscathed through the morass of rudeness, inconsideration and downright stupidity. Masks grease the perpetual wheels of social interaction – let’s face it we all have to dissemble at one time or another. If we didn’t there would be a lot more fatalities and incarcerations. Honesty and truth are luxuries, if you find someone that feels the same way as you do then you have hit the jackpot, friend-wise.
The mask of forced politeness – when you are making a valiant effort to be nice to someone despite their rude behaviour e.g. a sales clerk who is deliberately ignoring you
The mask of feigned interest – sitting at an interminable meeting having to listen to someone pontificate about some pettifogging piece of trivia.
The mask of faux enthusiasm – when you find out your in-laws are coming to visit the same weekend you had plans to relax and chill out.
The mask of factitious geniality – when the indefatigable co-worker who never seems to have a bad day asks “How was your weekend, did you do anything exciting?”
The mask of ersatz caring – when you nod sagaciously in response so that the pseudo-intellectual politically correct windbag who will not shut up buys your act.
Then there is the hardest one of all to pull off – having to pretend to like someone that makes you wish you were Vlad the Impaler for about 5 minutes.
Masks are like insurance, sometimes unpleasant, frequently boring but usually always necessary. The win-win – aim to be genuine but just with the right people!