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August 28th, 2007
10:01 pm


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Musing on identity

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Date:August 29th, 2007 04:26 am (UTC)
Identity is how you define yourself, but you only define yourself in relation to others.
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Date:August 29th, 2007 02:50 pm (UTC)
I don't know if I agree with that. I think there's a point where there is me, and there is not me, and I know what parts are me. But, at this level, we don't have the language to talk about it. I can accept your statement with the caveat "when we talk about it with others".
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Date:August 30th, 2007 10:18 am (UTC)
"when we talk about it with others"

And, thus, you are defining yourself in relation to others. When we talk about it with others, we are getting their input. Their input is based entirely on their experiences or observations of others with similarities.

Identity is what separates us from others. Without an "other" with which to compare, we just are and there's no need for an identity.

How would you identify yourself without making any comparisons to others?
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