It’s a place where you’re performing for imaginary people’s imaginary expectations for you. A place where you act for appearances instead of principles. A place where your life is a constant compromise instead of a bold declaration and pursuit of your highest self.
For a long time, it was not materially possible to have any form of privacy as we’d think about it today. Tribal communities all lived together in caves, Romans all lived in one room houses, medieval families and servants all slept in the same bed — there was no practical concept of private space or individual intimacy.