Let me first ask you some questions.
- Are you driven to a country because of sexual activities?
- Do you want to buy a car because of your insecurities?
- Does having a big house mean more to you than making a difference?
Those are the most basic questions in terms of these masks. From the sex tourists that have made Thailand the number 1 tourist destination on the planet as of 2017 (ok, not all are, but a significant portion of that 20 million came here to engage in sexual interaction), to the high society who lavish themselves in luxuries to cover-up what’s really wrong underneath their skin.
Welcome to the two most vicious masks of society (as most of them are).
Ok, maybe the material mask relates to women more than men, but if you put the #entrepreneurship hashtag in on Instagram, you will see a lot of men wearing super expensive suits (rented), wearing fancy watches (also rented) while standing in front of planes (jumping over fences to get to them) or standing in front of cars (without the license plate pictured). Yes, I’m calling out the Laguna boys who seemingly lost all perspective in terms of living.
Shows such as Jersey Shore made it much worse when it was all about body-building, money and the latest trends. This goes for both men and women.
Lewis Howes, at the time of writing the book, was sitting in a massive mansion in Beverly Hills. This mansion was owned by one of the most polarizing characters (and still is) by the name of Tai Lopez. Yes, the man who spouted “KNAWLEDDDGEEE” all over the net, preaching to people about the “good” life on a Ted Talk stage, and someone who would constantly show his materials. He also went on to say, “these materials don’t mean anything,” but it’s a selling point for you to get those weak-minded individuals into buying your courses?
Anywho, this is a man who’s hampered by the media-crazy materialistic America.
“The irony is, for so many people, all that materialism invalidates the quality of a person’s ideas. There’s nothing Tai can do to get those people to hear him, which just drives him further behind the Material Mask. It’s like someone trying to convince you that they care about you by screaming, “I love you!” louder and louder right in your face at the top of their lungs with the veins bulging out of their neck. You don’t hear the words; you only see the vulgar display.”
Excerpt From: Lewis Howes. “The Mask of Masculinity.” iBooks.
What’s available if you drop the mask?
Attracting people who are interested in who you are, not how much you have
Satisfaction with your achievements
I worked at a job in Pathumthani, Thailand who had about 13 anglo teachers (the emphasis is coming), all of which who escaped a terrible divorce, got shunned by their own children (who no longer speak to them) and ended up seeking refuge by marrying a poor woman from a village. This is the story of the over 45s here in Thailand.
Ok, those are wife-tourists.
Let’s put some focus on the sex monsters.