Masks during covid are only interesting because of all the ruckus about them. What a dumb thing to make into a political issue. I don’t know what we are coming to if we are that stupid.
The more interesting kind of mask is the type we wear to conceal our real selves. Babies don’t wear a mask and are completely transparent about their feelings. Obviously we can’t continue like that if we are to function in society. So we learn to wear the socially appropriate mask. We may have to be pleasant to unpleasant people or act like we feel fine when we don’t. Sometimes we wear role-related masks such as a professional persona that doesn’t show our lack of confidence. Sometimes my mom role is a mask because I have to set aside what’s really happening with me in order to take care of the kids or grandkids. I wear this mask less often now that my kids are grown.
Some people wear masks to keep them from knowing themselves. That’s sad and can cause all kinds of pain and destruction.
It’s important to have people with whom we can really be ourselves and not wear a mask at all. This group is like that for me. I almost never wear a mask with my husband. He gets to see the good, the bad, and the ugly, but he loves me anyway.