The Mask of Fear

In Papua New Guinea there’s a tribal initiation ritual that when a boy turns 5 years old and starts to become too intense for their mom to handle. The adult men in the tribe put on masks and scare the boy. The men act as personifications of the gods, the authority.

When the boy reaches thirteen the men put the masks on again and the boy is forced to fight the gods. Except this time the men with the masks let the boy win. At the end, one of the men takes the mask off and places it on the boys face. They tell the boy you have the power now, go do something with it.

Too many of us are stuck in fear, paralyzed by what others may think. There’s only one thing that makes a dream impossible to achieve: Fear.

Also published on Medium.

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