Category:  Portrait Traditional Art | Posted: October 14, 2017

acrylic painting on canvas signed on the front

The Secret

by karen zima

A Story To Tell - Art Contest Entry 
In 1984, George Orwell said, "If you want to keep a secret, you must also hide it from yourself." That is exactly what people do. We hide secrets by making them unconscious. We make them unconscious by piling thought after thought on top of the secret.

Let's say that my friend tells me about her secret love affair. I can contain that secret only if I layer more thought on top of it. I might tell myself that I'm a good friend for keeping her secret. I might rationalize that this information could hurt people. I could convince myself that I was a good sounding board for my friend. Rationalization is a technique that most of us have mastered. These seemingly logical rationalizations override the secret, effectively burying it in our mind so we won't accidentally tell everyone that the emperor has no clothes. The normal person stops right there; and the secret goes to the grave with them.

Post Type Traditional Art Mixed Media None
original hand painted acrylic painting on canvas

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