Identity is universal. Every human who walks this earth seeks it in one form or the other. We wish to know who we are, where we belong, and what purpose we serve. It is the desire to know oneself: the strengths and weaknesses, virtues and vices, preferences and pet peeves. Society gives the growing individual a collective identity, one that binds us to our families, communities, and countries.
The need for an individual identity becomes important at some point in our lives, one that differs for each person and also lasts for varying lengths of time. Some people never really know who they are because they spend their lives copying others and trying to have the most popular or stylish opinions and views out there. They rarely stop to ask, “Is this me? Do I agree with this? Do I believe this?”, so how can they know they have no identities of their own?
The Identity Series is an examination of identity itself. Its purpose is to explore what it means to us, why we search for it, and why it can be one’s greatest asset or greatest weapon. A sense of identity is so important because we are empty in its absence and lost without its essence. Your individual and collective identities combine to form your character and core values as a human being.
An individual identity is what makes each one of us special and unique. It is a composite of the choices we make based on our beliefs and desires. The individual or personal identity is not necessarily similar to the collective because it is an expression of self, a proclamation of sovereignty as one’s own person. Those who lack their own convictions are those without individual identities, adrift in society’s collective and living one day to the next without a higher purpose. This explains the existence of misfits who feel they don’t belong anywhere and so have no remorse when they wreak havoc in a community.
I guess I felt the need to lay some sort of foundation for this series. Yeah there was already an overview, but it seemed like something else had to be said. I haven’t gotten any emails yet. 🙁 Feedback isn’t restricted to the identity series, you know. It can be anything about the blog, so please write to firstname.lastname@example.org and let me know what you think. Thanks! 🙂