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Whether bright or dark, busy or plain, all-encompassing or minimal, we all cloak ourselves in some way. Sometimes we use a cloak to protect ourselves from certain elements, sometimes to hide our likes and dislikes, and occasionally to preen and share our exuberance. We all have quite a wardrobe of cloaks and they are all built into our internal and external visual characteristics. Our actual clothing may represent our actual thoughts and emotions, but more generally it does not, as our gestures and words often do not represent our actual thoughts and emotions so that our real ones may be masked to hide our individual realities. It is curious that so many of us do not wish to be known and will exchange cloaks in various situations to maintain our anonymity; the fear of allowing ourselves to be known is fairly universal in Western societies and complicates communications severely. There is no point in allowing such coverups to continue but there is also no way to legislate people’s feelings and emotions and how they express or don’t express them. Our cloaks make it much more difficult for others to react to us in a real way since all our reactions are thought out and used for some specific purpose rather than to express what we really feel and believe. We may all as well be moving around at a costume ball since it doesn’t take much effort to pull the wool over our compatriots’ eyes. It is apparent that we should make an effort to be more transparent, at the very least we could have less complicated communications. It would be hard, but wouldn’t it be free-ing to remove your cloak for a while?


Author: EllenphanPhotos

I've been struck many times by the thoughts that run through my head when I'm outdoors and contemplating nothing in particular. The thoughts can be profound or silly, sad or joyful, relevant or not. But they're always there. And with just a bit of concentration they can lead to the most astonishing places and on the most convoluted trails. Exploring those vagaries and jigs and jogs is fun. I'm attempting to find more of these trails to see if they lead anywhere or nowhere, because even nowhere is somewhere. The bits and pieces of the outdoors help to make the indoors survivable. Photos help bring the outdoors in and remind me of many of the thoughts I had while still outside, a very valuable tool they are, too.

6 thoughts on “Cloaked

  1. Nice picture. Did you get that in St. Thomas?

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