i believe it is all quite real, whatever methodology or analogizing we do to describe it – how could we be otherwise?

Oh oddly enough, I am agree with you generally speaking.
But am I who I present in its entirety?

I don’t believe so. I believe there are layers, perhaps not necessarily masks but more akin to a convergence of dissonance from a variety of sources, internal, external, take your pick, clamoring for attention.

I would going to add, “culminating in a singular deed/action/word” – but THAT’S not even true, because there is a multilayered presentation.

THEN, there is the reception, which also goes through its series of filters, through another’s convergence of dissonance, etc.

It’s all authentic and real; I don’t think we *can* be otherwise.

Just the same, it’s convenient to make distinctions, utilizing such things as masks for analogies, based upon contexts.

It’s helpful for people to believe they have a “true self” that’s hidden and untouched, whether it is real or not. But of course, i believe it is all quite real, whatever methodology or analogizing we do to describe it – how could we be otherwise?

The belief in an untouched, true self perhaps creates that very thing it believes is there, and is helpful for some people in having a sense of integrity – of selfhood. Is it a fiction? Well, what isn’t, in some sense?

Coping skills – the American pragmatist in me. Use it if it works.

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