September 28th, 2001

run the fuck away

(no subject)

It is the search for Identity that drives humankind. It is the quest to answer the question, "Who am I?" that drives us all. Whether this is some psychological principle or a metaphysical teleology, we strive to answer this question. Our desire to answer this question on an individual basis forms the essense of what it is to be a human being. In fact, the defenition of humanity, of the human condition, is the quest for being. The quest for identity. It drives us, defines us, it encapsulates the entirety of our human experience.

But this is meaningless without context.To answer the question, "Who am I?" by announcing and declaring for all mankind, "I am x!" is equivalent to saying, "2+3=5". Yes, it affirms a basic principle. Yes, it is a true statement, but it is meaningless. We learn from science that numbers in themselves have no meaning, until they are given context by UNITS. "2meters + 3meters = 5meters" has meaning. So too, must our sens od identity be given meaning. We must include ourselves into the context of the world. In other words, our identity is not a trascendant property. We do not posses an immutable self, to the contrary, we are subject to the world around us to provide us with a context in which to place ourself.