Wednesday, September 26, 2007
Who I Are
Identity is an immensely powerful driver. Sometimes it's an overt force, sometimes it's subliminal, often it's both. Everyone and every thing has an innate sense of who and what it is, and what its purpose is. What must I do? Who should I be? What is behind all this? If we don't know these answers, even when they're not posed consciously, we're driven to find out. The entire Body Of Religion is based entirely around resolving this mystery. But is it really so mysterious?
Clarity is especially clear in Nature, where different animals are driven by curiosity, even if that means making them vulnerable to predators/pain. Porcupines have this effect on lions. The fact that it is such a curiosity almost counts more against the poor creature than its bristly countermeasures. Various creatures - plants and animals - use curiosity to lure other creatures into their clutches. So it is interesting that this powerful sense of 'who I am' and 'what are you' is about as powerful as the survival instinct. Why shouldn't it be. Instead of just living we can FLOURISH if we discover some of the hidden subtlties going on around us. The tree of life that we're a part of grows vigorously in different direction, and as Life moves into space, curiosity pulls it into the bright light of Living and Flourishing.
Human Beings suffer from a chronic sense of Lost Identity. Who are we? What are we supposed to do? The lazy, easy route is finding God, and giving 'God' the answer to all these questions. In fact this question - what is the meaning of life? - is far more complex than just, 'God's will for me'. It's an answer, but very unspecific. And to be realistic, it pretends to satisfy the original question, but really, it doesn't. It is still a private spiritual matter between you and the universe to find how you're supposed to fulfill a personal and collective destiny (yours and the universes).
You, as a human being, must find your answer to that. It may mean being a gift - a giver - to your community. It might mean being a discover, an artist or an explorer. It might mean following your passion, however idiosyncratic. It might mean working your way to an answer, going on a journey. It may mean finding out what it is to be a father or a mother.
This is why we are all so fascinated with celebrity: we’re trying to find answers to the question who are we? We are our choices, and the choices of others.