The Mask of Riddled Meaning

The mask of riddled meaning is at the point of convergence of ignorance and associative dissociation. Yet it demands the discerning (but not too discerning) attention of an audience. Too often, I have seen the usage of enigma for things that ought not to have been said. Often too, I have seen it where honesty and genuineness otherwise need to be thoroughly conveyed. In riddled meaning, the speaker is saved from explaining himself for the assumption that he is actually saying something far more clever places the responsibility unto the spectator.

Associative dissociation is the antithetical act of associating a party other than the self, and simultaneously relinquishing (or dissociating) the social and ethical implications of making a statement of riddled meaning from oneself. The subject of the meaning is drawn forth as the recipient, and in trivializing manner, the originator prompting the riddling. These two are the same, leaving the riddler out to cause more confusion with his words and images. Riddled meaning appears to be the singular layer in a transmission of information, but it is indeed a mask in itself. The riddled meaning is not a thing of its own, and lives not without the two: mask for the intention and mask for the riddle-teller. When a riddled statement implicates another person, a mask is also drawn on that individual, regardless of his or her want to be involved.

boat in the mist photo by Max Hermansson

Riddled meaning conveys intellectual uncertainty in the act of expression. Where one thing can be said plainly, it is formulated into complex and perplexing play. Depending on the caliber of content used to make the meaning erect, spectators can form assumptions of the riddler. A man lacking depth may plaster song lyrics onto his social media feeds to convey his dismay for the sour turn of a close relationship. A woman lacking self-kindness may take to performing convoluted monologues of the hurt she has endured. In so, these individuals fail to administer proper due to their feelings, and fail also to logical and emotionally formulate understanding for the meanings they really hope to achieve. In this, we cannot discount the usage of riddled meaning in the act of self-guarding.

The mask stretches widely on the face of the riddler, encapsulated in an instance of expelled interpretation. In riddle he seeks comfort, because far too often, it fairs better for emotional resilience not to delve into the purpose of riddling the message in the first place. On the end of the spectator, riddled meaning gives him a more palatable message that is not too harmful to his illusion of reality. Frank meaning can alienate an audience and scandalize even the purest of intents. The mask of riddled meaning sounds its presence to dissuade further self-antagonizing, but draws into being a life of its own. Externally fostered, the riddled meaning can convey the whimsy of supposition by spectators willing and able to tinker to their heart’s delight.