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“Ever have a hard time looking at yourself?”

 The United States of America has such a deep fear of transparency in this country. We hate looking into mirrors and seeing ourselves for who we really are in society. There is this fear that when the people do see us for who we are, it will uncover something about us we don’t want out. But that person or people you’re worried about seeing the real you is the same as you. We all are hiding from ourselves hoping ourselves are not seen by ourselves. It’s a strange concept, but we live like this on a constant basis. But is it something that has happened in the recent years or is it what we have always been? Have we always been phony and never even realized it?

In my opinion, the more information we have in society the more we are forced to sit and take a look at realize ourselves for who we are in this world. And that is the hardest realization to come to. But if we are all the same in our fear of people seeing us, why are we so quick to point the finger at someone else? Could it be because the person or people we point the finger at makes us feel better about ourselves? Or is that hypocrisy is more of a subconscious action that we don’t even realize we’re taking part in until we’re called out on it? Once the person or people are called on it, they start to scramble through their minds as to what should come out of their mouths next. The easy out allows the person the ability to not have to explain themselves when the person being criticized is a public figure.

And public figure is a very interesting aspect of the judging. We love to point the finger at them. Then when they say something is indicative to the all of us, we say, well you’re supposed to be better. But what they’re really saying is that my life stinks and if you’re no better than me in a higher position than myself, it really reinforces how awful my life really is. So I have this illusion of power which forces you (the public figure) now to apologize for what you say or do. Because if you don’t say sorry, I can’t look at myself in the mirror you having all these perks on top of success, and I have nothing.

And that’s why our language and behavior takes on so much duplicity. We don’t think anyone is watching us and we are discouraged with our own lives. We like to see a train wreck so we not only can witness the greatest show on Earth. But also so we can fall asleep and smile knowing that people above us have lives just as bad as ours. When in reality it’s the total opposite. So in the end, I don’t think you will ever get the people to see themselves for who they genuinely are in life. That is why we always have a public figure who we shift blame to. It’s one of the reasons so many people take issue with Donald Trump. To me, every time he speaks, it is like putting a mirror up. Because the discomfort we all feel about a particular group of people, he openly expresses it.

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