Ally Zlatar

When my father looks at me he sees himself

“It is fear which creates the mask, and fear which keeps it in place. The mask is hiding our true and most beautiful self from both ourselves and from the world. In its place is a mask of un-beauty.” Nisandeh Neta. I believe that people have a fear to show their true selves, often we go through life hiding behind a mask. One of the most prevalent discrepancies between being our authentic selves and our fruity, happy masks is that of family. Due to generational gaps in beliefs and values we often differ from our families. In this piece, the individuals mask their true feelings from each other, father and son who share so much yet truly inauthentic in their relationship. The question arises: Is it better to hide and keep bonds strong or be authentic to who you truly are.
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