Perform Roles, Not Become Masks
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“The worse deceit is self-deceit.” —David Ben-Gurion
“The greatest way to live with honor in this world is to be what we pretend to be.” —Socrates
- Masks are what you wear to hide behind.
- Masks divide self from self.
- Masks are the device of the phony.
- Masks are a pretense.
- Masks are lies.
Beware those who smile all the time, because they are hiding their real intentions and will likely stab you in the back when they get the chance.
- Roles are what you perform.
- Roles are behavior sets that you follow.
- Roles are guidelines for behavior that help us to interact.
- Roles are not people and people are not roles.
- Roles are true when you follow them and are aware that you are following a role.
We want you to follow your role as a car driver and not your true desires as a car driver. Your role is to stop at a red light whether or not you feel like it. Your role is to stop for a school bus whether or not you think you need to.
ROLES VERSUS MASKS
- Roles are helpful and masks are hurtful.
- Roles keep you within the bounds of your duties whereas masks hide your true intentions.
- Roles are real and masks are phony.
- Roles are guidelines and masks are deceptions.
- Roles are functions and masks are games.
Related Book on Human Games
- For much more information, read Games Ego Plays.