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|Chapter 26 The Mask
A writing of fiction copyright Phil musgrave
The Psychology, Philosophy and Politics of the Mask: a Lecture by Dr Seth Lambert recorded live, face to face without masks, at an unidentified academic institution. In the United States of America, April 21st 2021.
Tom was watching this Item on You Tube.
Seth, “The first use of the mask was in ceremonial form as an attempt to change Identity. To become someone who you were not, maybe someone from a perceived spirit world that comes to animated life, if you watch old Westerns, like I do, you would think of it as a disguise or covering to make it hard to identify a person who is up to no good.
The Wild Rag worn around cowboys or girls necks did have practical purposes in the dusty environment in which they did their jobs. Anyone working out door for an extended time might find this article of clothing useful. However the bank robbers of the old west used the Wild Rag for another purpose. Let us now examine another kind of mask, the mask of war paint worn by Indigenous peoples.
It might be said that the warrior feels safer behind a mask, but modern combat soldiers wear grease paint to break up their face. Now if we look at the Joker in the Batman saga you sometimes see a very unhappy man with an exaggerated happy face painted on his own.
The Canadian Prime Minister appeared in Brown Face to sing a song. The mask is often used in drama and Opera. So at this point we will review some of the uses of the mask, camouflage, protection, to hide Identity, to give courage. The medical mask came into vogue in the 1960’s these are sturdy masks used to protect the face of operating room staff against infectious matter. We also have masks for welders and people using harmful aerosols. These masks will place in the category of safety equipment. The burka worn by some women of certain faith had a mask component to it.”
“The mask did not come into fashion in it’s own right until the covid 19 pandemic . At this point in the lecture some woman's voice says “What does a three legged man walking down the beach sound like? '' A male voice answers, “Do Tell.” Female voice, “ flip, flip, flop. Male voice, “Cute!” This is what Tom had been watching for. It was what made this video's numbers go viral.
Seth is taking charge “cut the chatter” “Of course,” Seth continues, “another kind of mask is as, I am masking my actions. we often find in primitive nation that war can mask genocide. This would not of course be the case in the U.S.A..
Speaking politically I think we have to be watching for certain cover ups. A reduction of civil liberties. Segregation of older people, high bank rate, and high personal debt, a lack of or the reduction in the quality of education offered to the poor. This last criteria would include access to the internet.
There one last thing to look for, this is what I will call blocking. This happens when a deliberate or incidental block is placed in the path of maximum human growth potential.” “This is 2021 every human life that does not contribute is a loss to society, However if that person is blocked from full participation, that is a crime.
A person can be ostracized because they have pimples on their face and someone spreads a vicious rumor that said person has a contagion. I feel the mask is a symbol of a world in retreat.” The Idea of the social bubble group, is tribal and breaks down social, national and global accountability.” “The example of online banking is a poor one, I admit. I will use it anyway. Before the pandemic that is BC, Before COVID, people were already trying to avoid any contact with anyone who was sick. The mask was evident in the year 2019 although few people wore them. When there was even a whiff that COVID 19 was a menace. The Banks went about systematically closing branches. The food markets remained open and made a healthy profit. It looks to me like a deliberate collusion by the banks to close certain branches and encourage online banking. Online banking only works for those with access to the internet.”
“Yesterday I was downtown using a machine, and some poor fella, I’ll call Bob, was talking through the door of the bank to a teller.” “This branch is closed,`` the teller said.” But said the man “I have this check from the Government and I don’t want it put on hold. Is the manager in? She used to help me with this.”” At this point in the lecture on all the laptop screens in the classroom appear to have Nothing but a large human eye.
The lecture continues, Seth is speaking again only now he has someone beside him “you all remember that you signed an agreement about you person and your property.” “Well this is my friend Ava” she is here to show you just how unreal the internet is”
Ave “hands up anyone who does online banking on the laptop they have with them today?” About twenty Hands Go Up. Ave “OK If you look at your screens you will see the eye has gone. Now If you check your bank balance you will see it is zero.
No worries I can put it all back again. I did this to show you that the internet is not real. Now if I was North Korea about to invade South Korea this might be a prelude to war. It would create the kind of disturbance that would render America impotent.” Tom now stops the YouTube video player. Chapter 27 is here