“She’s a beautiful/strong/special person.” “He’s really something.”
When we really want to meet someone, we very often use phrases like: “I’d like to meet you in person someday,” or “to talk with you personally.” In Latin, though, persona means “mask.” It originally referred to the characters the actors played, and today it refers to the social roles we take on.
When you meet someone in daily life, are you interacting with their personality, or the person behind the mask? Can and may I meet you outside of your “persona”? Who are you, actually, as a person? After watching another terrific SoulBiography by Nic Askew, I realize how many personalities I meet, and how few people. And how “naked” I really dare to be in a discussion.