- Friday, February 20, 2009

Quotes on Identity

Yesterday's ThinkTank at One Eighty was really good, I have to say. And yes, Crystal, I is uber proud of your "lecture".

Here are some thoughts you will find interesting.

People's identities consist of the masks they put on, masks that either make them look successful or help them get success, allowing those around them to define who they are. We have lost our separate selfhood, or at least momentarily misplaced it. Instead of finding it in our rich family heritage, or in the gifts that have surfaced in us, or in the laughter of our children, we have been sidetracked by the consumer culture's claims that we are incomplete and needy.


Other philosophies and religions have their own ideas about who we really are, or who we are meant to be. Speaking from a Buddhist perspective, Buddhagosa, in Path of Purity, says, "I am nowhere a somewhatness for anyone." In Hitler's Germany, during the 1930's, many young members of the Hitler Youth would chant these simple words: "You are nothing, the nation is everything." Or, in the words of one of Pink Floyd's famous songs, "You're just another brick in the wall."


True. Definitely something to ponder on.

2 comments:

ah^kam_koko' said...

Well said...

The world makes us think that we are needy for what it has...

So does Christianity...
It makes us think that we are needy for God.

Humans are so hopeless...

Crystal said...

aww... glad that even though you didn't have much to say (like you usually do =P) you got something out of it! =)