Ipseity.

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“Silent solitude makes true speech possible and personal. If I am not in touch with my own belovedness, then I cannot touch the sacredness of others. If I am estranged from myself, I am likewise a stranger to others.”
― Brennan Manning, Abba’s Child: The Cry of the Heart for Intimate Belonging.

 

What is Identity? The fact of being who or what a person or thing is…is the definition of identity. What is your identity? Each of us is someone’s child, several are parents, many are spouses and significant others to their partners. But is that who you are? The answer is No, that is not your placing in the world. Us, humans, have been endowed with limitless potential to be whoever we want. Human beings are perplexing creatures, we’re the only lot of organisms fascinated with ourselves, the only race that craves awareness; the only species that desires the world. Of course, we too are the only ones responsible for this planet’s degradation.

‘Who am I?’, is a question we’ve been asking ourselves since the dawn of mankind, a curiosity to find how each being differs from the other even though we possess the same physical schematic as our brothers and sisters. Our brain is what makes us an individual and not another cow tagging along with the herd. The quirks of our character, our distinctive traits, the kind of humour we guffaw at, all of it makes us different from one-another. A group of people will always be there who will never-endingly undermine this quest for a better understanding of what makes us tick, to them it may seem a waste of time. But the fact of the matter is that the pursuit of knowledge is never wasteful. Ceasing the effort to find out the truth behind one’s nature is like restricting herself within self-made, imaginary boundaries. Every one of  us is a reservoir of greatness waiting to be tapped.

So figure out who you are. Unravel the self, hidden beneath the flesh and bones. Know yourself.

 

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