You don't relate directly to your life because you're wearing a suit of armor. Then you act to maintain the comfort inherent in the suit of armor, which makes you numb towards relating directly with actual experiences. The alternative is not exactly a question of taking off the armor. It is a question of seeing the possibility of nakedness, seeing that you can relate with things nakedly. That way, the padding you wear around your body becomes superfluous at some stage. It's not so much a question of giving up the mask; rather the mask begins to give you up because it has no function for you any more.
From The Dawn of Tantra, page 86.