The Idea of Identity

I wrote this when I was waiting for a friend. I don’t know what possessed me to think about it, but it resulted in this. So here goes :

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Everything in life is so short lived. We while away our time in search of our identity. What if the concept of a specific individual identity is entirely wrong? What if we are meant to be a mΓ©lange of millions of tiny and different little things? If we are bound together physically in one form by numerous strands of our thoughts, emotions and experiences, doesn’t that make us a whole?

And what if each incident we come across, every obstacle we overcome and every other emotion we feel adds another dimension to our being?

Doesn’t that sound like a better idea than to believe that we are born into one defined identity , that we need to spend our while lives in search of it and if we fail in doing so, we fail at living?

Why would I ever want to be just a single idea? I can be a million things at once! Now Isn’t that a beautiful thing?

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9 thoughts on “The Idea of Identity

  1. Those are really interesting thoughts however I too have no idea what possessed you because there some inherently odd statements.
    Everything in life is short lived ? Not necessarily because time is relative. A difficult situation may seem to go on forever whereas a fun time will seem to end very quickly.
    What if incidents add another dimension to us? Well they do. Whether we chose to ignore the incident or learn from it, we will change as a result of the experience.
    “…we fail at living…” We cannot fail at living unless are controlled by some predefined “life standard” against which we are measured. Even a child who does get a life (stillborn or aborted) creates an impact.
    You are a million things at once! (well perhaps not a million).

    Please help me out here: Are you writing random thoughts “just because”, or do you actually find those thoughts tangible and representative of your perceptions of our world and life in general?

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    1. Hey! Sorry for the extremely late reply! I know its rude of me to do so. I apologise.

      I would never write something just for the sake of writing it. That’s just pointless isn’t it πŸ™‚ These thoughts were on my mind. And I felt like jotting them down. πŸ™‚ So yes, they might be flawed in logic.. According to you.. But at the end of the day, these are my thoughts πŸ™‚ and it goes without saying that I believe in them πŸ™‚ they might even change someday but until they do.. I’ll continue believing in them and standing by them πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

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      1. I haven’t accepted that we fail at living, I am actually questioning the idea. For example, as children we are taught to immerse ourselves in academics and the sole purpose of our lives is to study well.. So that we can get into a good college.. In order to get a job that pays well.. That will help us in getting into a good marriage (arranged marriage obviously).. So that you have children and put them through the same vicious cycle again. And here, if you do not want to follow the herd, if you find it difficult to grasp at all the information that they try to stuff into your brain irrespective of you understanding it out not.. Because of which you end up lagging behind, you are considered an outcast… A complete loser.. The society, parents, teachers make you feel like your very existence is pointless.

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      2. Then it would seem to me that the term “fail at living” is simply due to a standard dictated to us and over which we feel we have no control. A successful life, according to many people, is a University education which facilitates a “traditional” career path. I have objected to that line of thinking for many, many years. If everybody is a doctor, lawyer etc., then who is going to build roads, work the stores, drive the buses etc. etc. I know many people who are offering more tangible benefits to society (by role modelling) in their “non-University” professions, than some with PhD’s. That is not to say that I do not value the University education, but to expect everybody to follow that same path is not only unrealistic but is showing total disrespect for that persons own desires and aspirations. There are people (both skilled and unskilled) who are very happy with their work, just as there are people (both skilled and unskilled) who are frustrated in their work.
        The message here is to follow your dreams if at all possible and, if it is not possible, then make the very best of what life presents to you. I had two very specific career loves, neither of which worked out due to reasons out of my control. However, I still had a very productive working career which provided many opportunities to lead a fulfilling and rewarding life. Is this making any sense to you?

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