Why do we wear masks? A mask hides, protects our identity. It keeps us safe from prying eyes. People have worn masks throughout history for one reason or another. The masked ball in olden days conveniently hid the wearer from the dance partner, creating a false sense of titillation while wondering who may be the chosen partner. It lent a gay feeling of excitement to the music. It put the moment of exposure in jeopardy. Suppose your assumption were wrong>

Muslim women may go about their daily tasks comforted by the knowledge that they did not have to [ut their makeup on, while their most devout sisters wearing head coverings and floor length clothing, stay completely hidden from the public.

Small goblins ringing doorbells on Halloween, can masquerade as anyone they choose for an hour or two. The local bank robber covers his face because he recognizes that he is comnmmitting a crime and wants to be sure that no one recognizes him while in the process.

These are all understandable reasons for face coverings. They protect us from perceived discovery.

In this new age it is apparent that masks also can protect us from disease.

But also consider the masks we all wear as a matter of choice. Invisible masks which conceal our true selves from public scrutiny. To answer the old psychological question; sho are we really> Do we honestly understand that question ourselves? We automatically take on different roles depending on our questioner. These are our masks’ and we all wear them. We see what we want to see when it comes to these personal masks.

today’s masks fulfill another function’ they protect both the wearer and those he comes in contact with, from possible harm. We cannot argue that the wearing of a mask is beneficial while in public.