Our public vs our private persona
Often what we project in public is an edited version of our private selves (or at least our private opinions).
Is this 'social editing' a hallmark of humanity?
Is it a good thing that we do this? Is it a natural human tendency that we have learned through peer pressure?
Or is it one of humanity's bigger flaws?
Is it an issue of honesty vs self-protection?
Should we risk social criticism so that we can reconcile the two and be completely open and honest in public?
Would this merely increase friction and argument or could it lead to greater acceptance of peoples' differences?