An ocean’s water does not reveal the ocean’s content, nor does a shadow reveal the matter. An individual can convey him or herself in one form superficially, yet still be another on their core. It is hard for a man to alter perceptions between what he sees of himself and what others see of him -hence the world’s surplus of apathy- yet, it is not difficult for men to control the persona they want to live by –let that be who they truly are, or rather a personification of the person who they truly desire to be. In the play that is life, an individual can take the form of various roles: the actor, the narrator, and the director. Each role is not defined by the specific character or traits a person might have, but by the manner and the extent in which they convey these; therefore, two individuals with completely different characters can be directors.
Initially, the most abundant of these roles in the world is that of the actor –in both the literal and figurative sense. As the name bares for itself, an actor is one who conceals their authentic persona to convey a self-created idealistic one to the world. These people believe many of their traits are not adaptable to society, and hence shield them in a way in which they utterly avoid their existence. In addition, there are distinctive levels of actors: the outstanding and the moderate ones. Outstanding actors, incongruously, are the most insecure ones, as they are the ones that distrust the way in which their genuine self will adjust to society. These actors are the ones that are most capable of sheltering who they truly are, to the extent that they might even forget so themselves. They have become experts at gradually customizing character traits to their person; as a matter of fact, they have become a form of bio-engineers in terms of personalities. Moreover, it is certainly odd how they manage to seemingly become the person that they believe is more fine-tuned with the world; one must admire their skills in that sense, as well as their way of unrecognizing who they are! They are the most loyal devotees of the world’s survival of the fittest. Now, when attempting to break these actor’s shield, and grasp the content of their soul, be aware that they will exceed on paranoia and self-defense, as good actors never break out of their roles.
On the same path lay the moderate actors, and like outstanding ones, they avoid the presence of those traits they desire not to expose; however, they never avoid complete personalities. Also, their level of paranoia is not as elevated, for, though there are some things about themselves that are unfit with the person they long to be, they do not mind not becoming such. For some reason society is jam-packed of knights frightened of becoming civilians, perhaps because knights are petrified of defenselessness and susceptibility, nevertheless, one must never forget that the most vulnerable ones are those that appear the most hardened.
Following the actors, life also consists of narrators, whom are also known as bystanders. Narrators are the ones whose own personalities they can convey, but to a controlled level in order to maintain a firm perception of themselves in society. They are loyal to who they are on their interior, but are merely neutral to others. Therefore, in contrast with actors –who do have a personality although not faithful to how it truly is- they do not intertwine nor evade their nature, but rather maintain it impartial to onlookers, for either apprehension towards judgement or human-warmth. A simple way of identifying a narrator is by approaching a suspect in a bold manner and observing if his or her response is indifferent with a trace of boredom. If the previous response is like so, then he or she is a narrator.
In the last spot of our human role classification comes the director. Rather than leading the audience, they are those that have the strength to put drive into their ideas, and transfer them from mind to speech. They do not necessarily have to talk excessively, as in many cases such is unwise, but perhaps be reckless in terms of conveying their persona or timidities. A director can be the shyest of all individual, but the most loyal to their ego. He or she can be afraid of judgement, yet unstopped by such. They can be the most introverts and less resonant, but still the most faithful and courageous.
Vulnerability is a societal fright, and one combats it in different ways. While some cherry-pick character traits to place to themselves, others act more neutral. Nevertheless, one must never forget that shielding, though valuable at times, can act as poison, for an armor does not last a lifetime, and authenticity, though hard to achieve, is the best way to battle, for all that is hidden is transparent.