All this political correctness... it's just the mask of civility. It's not real civility. We don't really care about each other. I think that would make George Washington weep. You've seen this painting hanging in the background during my show for a while now. Finally, it's time to share the story behind it. Rarely do I hang up my artwork. Painting is a passion of mine, but it's the process I enjoy most and I usually don't put my finished works on display. I scrape them clean or paint over them. But this one, I decided to keep working on. It's based on George Washington's life mask. As the face began to take shape, I decided to write the word "civility" at the top, a word that really spoke to him. Then, a thought struck me. The mask... The mask of civility. That's really where we are.
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