Friday, March 13, 2009
Before and After
For some reason it looks to me like Jake is wearing shades in this pic. Also I love the tiny me in the doorhandle.
It's not just we humans who wear persona costumes. My dog, for instance, (in his youth) wore a mask of aggression to hide the fact that he was afraid of everything. Chameleons are famous for their quick costume changes and for their marvelous ability to blend in with the surrounding environment. Lots of insects are great camouflagers, too. Walking sticks don't change outfits, but they sure look more like sticks then bugs, don't they?
The landscape changes outfits along with the seasons and weather conditions. Over periods of time too long for our species to imagine, the land radically changes appearance, including its "accessories" - the living things that adorn it.
How about the sky? Does it ever look the same way twice? The sky is a super model of costume change.
So - is there really anything wrong with the fact that we humans wear costumes? Is there anything wrong with trying on various personas, even if they don't fit? I wore the I'm Cool outfit because I thought it would be a lot more fun to be cool than nerdy. The High Priestess outfit is what all of us in Reclaiming tradition aimed for, whether it fit or not. We were allegedly egalitarian, so we all had to try, even if (as in my case) we didn't much want to.
In order to successfully live in civil society, all of us have to wear some kind of costume. During the past few years I've tossed out lots of old, ill-fitting persona outfits. The problem is that I haven't replenished, so my persona wardrobe is about as skeletal as my clothing wardrobe. No wonder I feel so boring these days!
How should I go about choosing new, appropriate, well tailored persona outfits? What are the rules? I don't have a clue, but I'm thinking about it. Wouldn't it be great if there were a Stacy and Clinton of persona costumery? Well, wouldn't it??