The staging of life
Michèle Robinson
 
 
Every day of our lives, the curtain rises and we play our role in our very own soap opera, a role that we have learned by heart and played from time immemorial.  We, as the actors, have become so attached to this role that the we no longer realize that the character being played is not the person that we are. The actor forgot who he was because he was led to believe that his existence was his life.  He has been dressed in costumes and in veils of such thickness that he now identifies with this limping and lame personality who can no longer walk without the crutch of its unconscious ego.
 
The spectators of the play feed on the comedy’s energy and they always crave more. Their need is such that they never want to leave the theatre.  They live there permanently and live vicariously through the emotions created by the events of the scene. From one act to another, the story continues, founded on past memories that project into the future.  Despite their suffering and exhaustion, the characters are very pleased to receive such love and admiration.  The self-image reflected to them by the cheering audience increases the value and status of their role.  The audience certainly does not want them to leave the stage of lies for the floor of reality.
 
But a day eventually comes when the exasperation of the actor is such that he can no longer suffer and die and come back again and again.  It is then that an anger invades him and the beginning of the end of this comedy is launched.  Gradually, he realizes that he is not only the actor, but also the author of the scene.  Being also the author, he now understands that he can have a fresh look on the course of the story. The unconscious and totally manipulated character can now give way to a person who no longer needs the crutch, which is the perception of others.  He can now discuss with the author the reason behind life events and finally act creatively to build a direction of life that meets the needs of his person instead of reacting emotionally to give himself a sense to life that meets the desires of his character.
 
There is a price to pay to be set free of domination. The character, while still alive, has to die in order to give way to the person. The attachment to his chains and illusions is great and it is proportional to his fear of the unknown represented by this person with whom he has not spoken to for a long time: himself.
 
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