Monday, November 02, 2015

Identity

What do you do when what you perceive as your identity is threatened? You either morph to reinvent yourself according to the threat, or you hold on to your identity and fight tooth and nail for it or you just become faceless.

I feel a lot of conflict, regional and religious stems from a few factions trying to take advantage of perceived threats to identity. At the end of the day, all of us have evolved so much over decades and centuries that a lot of the identities are irrelevant. But because we have never thought of ourselves beyond the identity, we try very hard to stick to it and react violently to anyone that tries to question it.

What can change this situation and to a certain extent quell the unrest is if people are integrated into a society they feel they belong to and have an identity beyond region or religion or caste and in some cases even gender.

It is easy for me to be an arm chair philosopher and speak as though I really am experiencing a crisis, but I really dont know how to go ahead and change the world as I see it.

2 comments:

The Visitor said...

... we have never thought of ourselves beyond the identity, we try very hard to stick to it and react violently to anyone that tries to question it.

You are spot on.


Possible solution ... if people are integrated into a society they feel they belong to and have an identity beyond region or religion or caste and in some cases even gender

Possible, but what is that larger identity? Humanity? Mankind? I am a little uneasy when people use words "humane" and "humanity", because that thinking considers humans supreme and discounts the "feelings" and interests of animals. Having lived with pets, gunda or otherwise, that to does not feel right.

How about shedding all of one's identity (if that is possible), or never claim superiority of one's identity over another. Each should be free to have their own identity, but never proclaim that that identity is superior.

Harini Padmanabhan said...

Actually I thought about the animals point when writing and I realized something. Those that are truly humane respect and love animals as well. They let them be.

But I accept a part of your argument. Not to claim superiority of one's identity over another. If you really lose your identity, human beings stop evolving so I dont think we should ever think of being without an identity.