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Updated: Dec 25, 2020

Perspective on the value we give to a label of identification which in many cases isn't unique to us.

According to the U.S. Census Bureau our current world population is 7,698,481,060. Approximately 7.7 billion members of our species are currently existing on this planet. We live in the era of the internet where, depending on the source you consider, approximately 3-4 billion people are connected onto this global network. Within that vast, yet limited range, when you google your name how many results come up that are not you?


For the vast majority of us it's safe to say numerous results if not at-least one or two; unless, you're the offspring of Mr.Musk and your name is X Æ A-Xii, then your name is truly one of a kind- for now. Do you see any significance in these shared names, these common identifiers?


We are raised within our cultures in a manner that puts emphasis on your given name, our identification with it is amplified throughout most of life. But when you take a step back and consider observing yourself from outside this ingrained realm of self-identification what do you witness? Imagine for a second you are witnessing yourself from the perspective of the above picture. Can you distinguish yourself from the rest of the human species going about their daily lives? It is much like observing ants scurrying around, the perspective of the photo above. We tend to focus on our-self as an individual given our society is seemingly geared to make us think this way- especially in context of today where we live in a hyper competitive environment.


However, It is rather myopic- in my perspective, to limit your self-identify to only an individual of a certain ethnicity who was born of a particular nationality, who is referred to by a particular given-name with a surname attached. It isn't wrong to have pride in those niche components of one's identity but to be egotistic in that regard is asinine. Can we step out of that tiny bubble and observe that we are part of a larger whole? I think we can- we can certainly attempt to learn to do so, and if we do we would learn to better appreciate the minuscule differences among us while becoming more embracing of the fact that we are all the same. We are all creatures of the same species.

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