Theme V: Duality

Once you get to know a person well enough, it becomes easier to see which of themselves is speaking. You get to see how a private conversation takes drastically different turns than a public one, with multiple people involved. Because someone else is speaking.

Sometimes it’s only verbal, sometimes it’s a change in character; sometimes the private persona changes as you grow older. It happens in schools, colleges, workplaces… pretty much everywhere you’re told to be for your entire life, until one day you’re old and suddenly, these different personas aren’t worth the effort.

But not to sound depressing at all, because the theme of duality doesn’t have to be dark and secretive. Sometimes duality is between our current selves and a goal we set for ourselves; sometimes it’s between us and another person. Duality can, fittingly enough, be positive and negative.


Jonathan Kesh

Under the Arch Editor

Table of Contents (updated throughout the week):

Spouses/Partners of NYU by Lingyi Hou

Losing Weight, Your Old Self by Nikolas Reda-Castelao

Online Dating Experiment by Eva Dominguez

Being a Twin by Mickey Shiotani

Your Twitter Self by Hannah Treasure


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