Monday, April 28, 2008

Dennis Rodman Syndrome

There are many types of identity.
Work identity, dependable, comes in first in the morning, last to leave.
School identity, class clown, has potential to do very well if only he would commit to it.
Internet identity, whatever you are in real life you are the exact opposite here.

Identity is the make-up of what we are, who we are.
A topic I have read upon is personal identity, what is it that makes you,
Are you you because you look a particular way. I know you are you because you have that crooked nose, that ungainly smile. If you suddenly have a face transplant...are you still you? I surely won't recognise you and it would take a great deal of convincing otherwise.
Or are you you because of what is in your mind. What you know is who you are, what you do and act upon is who you are. When you wake up in the morning, you don't have to open your eyes and check in the mirror to know you are you. You wake up and think...I need to do this today and why did I wake up so early...again.

Or do we have to be both. Do we have to look like ourselves and act like ourselves to

Are we still ourselves if we have Alzheimer's, Schizophrenia or bipolar?
Are we still ourselves if we have a horrible accident that disfigures us?
Are we still ourselves once we die?

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