There is no Prison
More Oppressive


Than the Mask
One Wears


To Win
The Approval


Of Others.



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29 responses

  1. Very true!

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    August 2, 2015 at 6:09 PM

    • Sister Madly

      … and also sad, because we think that acceptance means freedom, when in reality we are their hostage…

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      August 2, 2015 at 6:24 PM

  2. Yet the idea of the mask at a masqurade is not for approval but one of freedom–to be anonymous for a moment is to be free to have the opportunity to be one’s self, The mask we wear everyday is only a hinderance when it is mistaken as the sign of who we are and not the symbol which transcends our personality. Smiles…>KB

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    August 2, 2015 at 6:28 PM

    • Sister Madly

      I think it was Oscar Wilde who said “Man is least himself when he speaks in his own person- give him a mask and he will tell you the truth.”

      Indeed, there is a paradox with the mask- a freedom, as you said, in a Masquerade, yet oppression (at times) amongst friends when we wear it in order to conform or impress.

      But you’re right: in never occurred to me that one could be mistaken for the other.
      Perhaps that’s even more devastating, when our true selves are mistaken for a mask…


      August 2, 2015 at 6:58 PM

      • It is we who choose to wear the mask in society– it is as Campbell calls it, “taking the right-hand path.” We could not so easily though follow our bliss and take “the left-hand path.” Then we wear the mask in order to discover the unlocking of the unknown and the mystical–that is what ritual and myth are all about–transcendence of the symbol. >KB

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        August 2, 2015 at 7:18 PM

        • Sister Madly

          Yes- in the end, we are the ones who choose to wear the mask!

          I am not all too familiar with Campbell’s works as I’d like to be- I’ve been curious, though, for quite some time! You have certainly intrigued me with your comments- thank you!! ;C)


          August 2, 2015 at 7:40 PM

        • You are welcomed…smiles. >KB

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          August 2, 2015 at 7:43 PM

  3. Oh, I like this. Well done!

    Yes, being forced to wear a mask seeking the approval of others is an awful thing. Wearing a mask so you can be someone you are not for a few hours or perhaps to embrace one of your archetypes sounds quite delightful, however.

    Of course my personal favorite is to just have so many different personalities operating all at the same time, nobody quite knows what to expect 😉

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    August 2, 2015 at 7:17 PM

    • Sister Madly

      Ha! Absolutely! Especially if some of those ‘faces’ are reminiscent of Cookie Monster, Vincent Price, a random chicken and perhaps, your 6-year-old self! :c)

      (Oh, that’s is too much fun to pass up on an unsuspecting public…)

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      August 2, 2015 at 7:35 PM

  4. So true. And complete with creepy pictures…

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    August 2, 2015 at 7:34 PM

    • Sister Madly

      There were even creepier pictures.

      But I behaved. This time.

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      August 2, 2015 at 7:41 PM

      • You need to let those pictures out. Never a good thing to keep those contained…

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        August 3, 2015 at 6:07 AM

        • Sister Madly

          All in good time, as they say.

          However, on the off-chance that the creepy pics escape on their own (in the middle of the night, of course) take cover in the sock drawer!

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          August 3, 2015 at 10:33 AM

  5. Good Day Milady

    So true what thee express.

    There are refreshing Fancies dispatched by the Fates that do zoom through space with purpose. The sole purpose of these Fancies is to work their way under the mask and send it sailing to regions unknown never to be worn again.

    Failing the appearance of the Fancy, you may always converse with your teddy bear who will hold all your illusions, drreams and secrets safe while keeping schum.

    In the moment, I leave you with this…

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    August 3, 2015 at 4:17 AM

    • Sister Madly

      What do these Fancies look like?

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      August 3, 2015 at 10:34 AM

      • Oddly enough they look like a cross between a certain Archangel and a Cool Teddy Bear in a very funky flowery red shirt.

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        August 3, 2015 at 11:52 AM

  6. I think make-up and masks are what Freud actually meant by the term “ego”. He explained Ego as the interface between our inside truth and the external world. So the “lipstick” is what the pig wants to show the world.

    I think the soul destroying mistake is when we really think the boob job is our real flesh, and the attention we receive is actually a tribute to our true self. This I believe is the root of loneliness and alienation.

    Thanks for all your good words.

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    August 3, 2015 at 2:34 PM

    • Sister Madly

      It’s interesting what you say about the Ego, and it also makes a lot of sense! Certainly gives one cause to think.

      The root of loneliness and alienation- so true! And sad, because it becomes a vicious circle, constantly seeking validation from some outside source, which is often short-lived.

      Thank you for your insight! ;c)

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      August 3, 2015 at 3:19 PM

  7. The Typist

    Listen, I’ve commented a couple of times in the last 2 years or so, but before we really ever get acquainted I delete for one reason or another, mostly due to my insecurity with my writing, I’m sorry for that. I’m not sure if you even nurture online friendships… I don’t usually as trust is a big issue with me. Anyway, this post of yours has haunted me since I read it yesterday. I in fact wear a thousand masks, masks that I’m afraid to take off, and none of them are really me. When I write, they all fall away, but then I feel concealed in deceit. Tis a never ending battle with much to lose. I’ll just consider you my therapist from now on, and your site my couch! I truly enjoy your writing and the thoughts you evoke in me. I’ll leave with you a song ‘Come Undone.’ It’s how I often feel when writing. You have my email address should you wish to. . .I don’t know, respond. Feel free to delete this non-sense if you wish. By the way, your recipes are scrumptious, I’ve cooked a few.

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    August 3, 2015 at 4:23 PM

    • Sister Madly

      I always enjoy your work when I come across it- and I sincerely mean that. It’s raw and deeply human. Alive. And it’s easy to understand how one would feel insecure with their writing: if that is when our masks come off, we suddenly feel exposed.

      But it takes a great deal of strength to risk that exposure- to choose to be vulnerable, so to speak.

      Trust is never easy. I think it goes along with risking exposure, because in the end the one person we have no choice but to trust is ourselves- who also happens to be the one person almost guaranteed to let us down.

      Thank you for taking the time to write. It means a lot to me.

      (And yes, I do have a few online friendships…)

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      August 4, 2015 at 4:23 PM

  8. Reblogged this on NonchalantxFish and commented:
    I’ve always thought masquerade masks were such interesting pieces of fashion. I mean, I don’t even understand how people make lace at all, so maybe it’s just me? Anyways, here’s a reblog of old that I thought might inspire.

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    August 5, 2015 at 7:40 PM

    • Sister Madly

      Thank you!! ;c)


      August 5, 2015 at 8:23 PM

  9. Gorgeous masks….you made a good point!

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    August 7, 2015 at 9:49 PM

    • Sister Madly

      Thank you! I’ve always found Venetian masks interesting. ;c)

      Liked by 1 person

      August 8, 2015 at 9:30 AM

  10. Can I like this twice.

    Liked by 1 person

    August 16, 2015 at 5:35 PM

    • Sister Madly

      As many times as you like. ;c)

      Thank you.

      Liked by 1 person

      August 16, 2015 at 5:45 PM

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