How and what, do we describe as our identity?
Updated: Aug 27, 2019
It seems a #human tendency to tie our #identity with our #name, our #nationality, #ethnic #background and so on. In doing so we miss out on the larger #picture of belonging to one larger, cohesive identity of being human.
We humans tend to tie our identity with our name, our nationality, ethnic background etc. but miss out on the larger picture of belonging to one identity of a human being- merely another #animal sitting on top of the food-chain since millennials past.
“Identity, is never static, always in the making and never made...” - BBC Documentary Host
If you have difficulty understanding what I am saying, #words are not enough for me to describe how #essential it is for majority of humans today to read #Sapiens- A brief History of Humankind by #Yuval Noah Harari. A gift worth giving to the billions around you or at the least close family and friends. Of course there are numerous other sources that could point you in this direction of thinking, provide such insight. I am sure we all search and browse the #internet.
Indeed our #creed, our #culture, our #nationality etc. identify us, give us a sense of significance overall- which is worth notice and perhaps worth showing #pride over at times. However, we must realize these are #common forms of identification that extend the human horizon. We are much more than mere labels of a multitude of identities yet we are nothing but an amalgamation of #matter, I find this to be a humbling #fact of #existence. We are all #Homo i.e "of the kind humans" further still the majority of us are of the #species #Sapiens.
#Humankind distinguishes itself from all else around it for its capability to cooperate or build a #community of such vast numbers, yes there are flaws but they are sources to learn from and further foster cooperation. Though we do cooperate we tend to be polishing our #ego or catering to our perpetual #greed more often- ignoring #moral values for any form of #gain. We really should learn from #history the young and wise all alike- after all in learning history, #philosophy, sociology etc. we are learning about #ourself. Prof. Harari explains this idea very well in his book.
As much as there is need for cohesion, sense of #global #community there is a necessity to give the individuals their basic liberties of existence in whatever manner or form they be-have been brought into existence. #Words stemming from the influence of Aldous Huxley and the like mineded #social #critics of today and ages past.
Here are a few other sources that have influenced my thinking on or related to this subject.
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