A Mask, a Book and a Quote

Posted: January 9, 2011 in mask, what makes us tick

[tweetmeme source= “unmaskd” only_single=false]One day a book will be written about this Unmaskd experiment. Well, maybe it will. An odd, strange book that at this point exists only in a shape of disjointed thoughts, images and ideas in one pretty troubled mind. But when — and if — it is written, and when — and if — it is published, it will include a quote from the message that today was DM’d to Unmaskd Twitter account by one very shrewd person.

You’re not REALLY Batman or Superman. Stop trying to dominate the world and just dominate your own. Make it beautiful.

You know who you are. Thank you.

  1. Danielle says:

    Make it Beautiful! 😉


  2. Renee777 says:

    Hey unmaskd, it wasn’t me who DM’d you that quote! Unfortunately I can’t DM you ’cause you’re not following me!

    Not sure why you’re feeling blue.. (if that’s how you’re feeling).. Here’s some of my favorite EMPOWERING quotes to reflect on:

    “WE are in control of our own destiny! We are NOT victims of our circumstances.” -unknown

    “It turns out the secret to happiness at every age is love” ~ Marsha Karzmer

    “When the power of love overcomes the love of power the world will know peace” ~ Jimi Hendrix

    “I don’t know the key to success, but the key to failure is to try to please everyone” ~ Bill Cosby

    “The bad news is time flies. The good news is you’re the pilot” ~ Michael Althsuler

    “Courage is being scared to death… and saddling up anyway” ~ John Wayne


  3. JD_278 says:

    I think it’s wise if Bruce Wayne and/or Clark Kent listens to that advice. No one wants to be around a superhero all of the time. Plus it’s too easy to get caught up in trying to control and dominate the world that you can forget to enjoy and experience it.


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  5. psychicsarah says:

    Neither Batman nor Superman were looking for world domination… They were just obliged to *rescue* those in distress when the situation arose.

    I guess they had to put on their *Masks* to do so!

    So do we don the metaphorical batsuit/armour and take flight out of our comfort zone into a brave new world?

    It is definitely true that sometimes the only person who only needs *rescuing* is ourselves…Equally though when we reach out and help/rescue others we may then receive that rescue ourselves.

    Its a moot point!

    Do we give in order to receive? Do we wait to receive before we then give?

    OR do we just give unconditionally?

    For it is no big secret that we may give of ourselves and then not in fact receive anything much in return…

    Its an eternal dilemma. We can balance karmic off-key situations with generosity to others. But how often do we stop and give ourselves the same consideration?

    As for world domination that may come as a byproduct of either altrusitic or egocentric expression. Really it is only destiny that decides who gets the kudos on that score.

    But the overall message of the superheros is that they do NOT want recognition for their altruistic deeds.

    The Masks in this case are a disguise for the real deeds of the heart…

    Very commendable really!


    • psychicsarah says:

      I think the question is HOW do we make our own worlds/lives more *beautiful*?

      Through altrusitic gestures from the heart? Or self serving gestures from our ego based desires?

      Are these 2 sides of the same coin? The light and shadow of our existence?

      I guess sometimes charity really DOES begin at home…after all we are no use to anyone all-washed-up and burned out by self sacrifice…

      I guess too it comes down to discerning what is worthy of our time and energy and what is not.

      We can’t save the world its true. But we CAN serve effectively within our sphere of influence…

      The question only remains what is that sphere of influence?

      The light comes in if we let it… Or maybe its already inside and we just need to let it *Shine*…


  6. Sunshine says:

    Unmaskd, I respect you for opening up to share your thoughts, images and ideas because you challenge my thinking and help me connect deeper to myself with your writing and stimulate my eyes with interesting art here and on your tumblr account–my world has become bigger and more colorful because of this place you created and filled. It is a wonderful learning and growing experience for me because you decided to share and peak my interest, curiosity and creativity. You’ve shared your travels, giving me a glimpse of places I’ve never been and probably will never see with my own eyes. Your work even took me to a foggy dark place where I cried when I didn’t think I had anything to face in front of the probing eye. Some of your pages offer laughter and fun as you tickle my left side brain. Thank you for sharing your gift because many times I felt as if in the same room sitting quietly while you work on your writings that are the things I need to hear. The gift that is your pain has made a positive impact in my life. Thank you for sharing the good-hearted man that you are on these pages.
    P.S. I love relief design of the face in the book–yet another great picture to complement your writing!


  7. None of us are superheros. The pursuit of being heroic to the external world is the ultimate mask and steers us blindly from the beauty that we really are. The truly courageous act is to look inward and face our frailty. Only then can we affect our surroundings with compassion and empathy.


  8. Mary says:

    “No man, for any considerable period, can wear one face to himself and another to the multitude, without finally getting bewildered as to which one is true.”

    “What other dungeon is so dark as one’s own heart! What jailer so inexorable as one’s self!”

    “The calmer thought is not always the right thought, just as the distant view is not always the truest view.”

    “Easy reading is damned hard writing.”

    “And what shall we live on while I am writing it?”

    ~Nathaniel Hawthorne


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