Some loose thoughts on this:
From Latin persōna (“mask; character”), of uncertain origin. Possibly from personare (“to sound through”); or from Ancient Greek πρόσωπον (prósōpon, “face; appearance; mask used in ancient theatre to denote a character or, more generally, a social role”); or from Etruscan 𐌘𐌄𐌓𐌔𐌖 (φersu).
The origin of 'personality' - If you think about it, someone's modern personality feels like an amalgamation of the various ways in which they're currently competing with people they know. (know as horizontal imitation - as oppose to imitating greater achievements/higher planes, you become stuck on getting bigger TVs and shit than the neighbours. Some kind of odd influential label. A new non-=self-selected personality/mask for each crowd/bubble - some kind of communal bit distorted reflections and shit.
Does a mask just form a blank ground for relativity: who really has personality without relativity? Like your "Mum" is someone completely different to you compared to being "Tracey to her mate sharon" or "Hot Tits McButtSex" as your dad probably called her before accidently impregnanting her. Now he just revels at how good a job he did at sucking those titties dry and fucking those brain cells out of her head. Same goes for every strain of life - liek I cme back here in search of DSF cos my mates were baffled about "why use a random number for tempo of 140bpm? Just seems weird man!" - but here, 140bpm is essentially 'our mask' under which the music flows.
I really dig that ye sling on a mask = saying fuck it to all of this super imposed culture.. Let's face it - none of us read the T&C of being born into it all. Fuck 'persona' let me just be the god damn creature that 'summoned' this music from whereever the fuck it came from. You know - stood in a club playing these tunes, not as someone's son, not as someone's boyfriend, not as someone's dealer - just the fucking bum who summoned it. It created itself - I just guided it. You know... Future shamanism. In a baffling way, it is the aceptbale version of just going fully nude and ditching culture. Wearing a mask is shouting shit like: Jerry, fuck you and your ugly bird, your cat and your fucking car. Alan - your're not sponsored/endorsed by Armani and your gold watch matches your teeth. Dave you're a fat ■■■■ and I hope your 55" TV gives you retinal ringworm. Indicates a distinct separation from the daily grind/mundane culture of retardation. It just kind of says "fuck this stupid game, I'm making my own"
Obviously generally goes full circle
Back to the eternal question: why do estate agents wear suits. That's the true modern day mask. A superimposed [worn] personality through which the 'sound' is altered. Think about it. Along with mobile phone salesmen - the bastions of style, mixing trainers, suits and spiked hair. WOW. Anyone can fucking reinvent the rules - just borrow WHAT WORKS and apply it. Like here we have estate agents and phone ppl imitating bankers because they both sell houses. Much like psychologists adopting white coats from lab scientists - purely for the associations/signals.
Basically life can be a blank cheque when yo willing to take a step away from culture...