This is also to say that the stable worlds in which we seem to live are
quite fragile. In our daily relationships we encounter only partial
persons, fragments that we mistakenly presume to be whole personalities.
Stability and coherence are generated in our local agreements.
But these agreements are not binding, and disruptions can occur at
any moment. I am not proposing that social life is thus a grand
charade, in which we are all wearing masks to suit the occasion. The
metaphor of the mask is misleading, as it suggests there is a ‘real self ’
to be revealed behind the guise. For the multi-being, there is no inside
vs. outside; there is only continuous participation in relationship. Any
moment of compelling authenticity may give way to a sense of