Put up a front.
Build a facade.
Wear a mask.
It bothers me the way people are different in public than they are in private. I don't mean in appearance or personality, really, but in the way they relate to others. I'm tempted to think that the reason there are so many ways to talk about this concept is because of the frequency with which people do it. Now, I know that sounds
pessimistic, but I honestly wonder if it might be true.
I think there are often unspoken rules between individuals
that the two have a different relationship in private than in public. To an
extent, I can understand and accept this. Sometimes other people just don’t
understand, and sometimes it's for the better. I tend to think this is the exception rather than the rule, though. Sometimes it's just plain unfortunate, wherein the scenario plays out
because of public perception and reputation issues. It’s like high school all
over again, and the consequence is that people get hurt.
There's probably not a solution to fix this, but it concerns me. Perhaps most frightening, though, is the question it brings about, though: how many of our friends do we really know?