What is so Important about Identity?

In my last post, I focused quite heavily on the idea of identity. I focused on the problems of losing our identity in technology, but why is this important?

Identity can be defined in many different ways, whether it be cultural, social, technological, or work identity. Identity is how we define ourselves in relation to others. Identity is about discovering who we are as an independent human being.

“Unlike a drop of water which loses its identity when it joins the ocean, man does not lose his being in the society in which he lives. Man’s life is independent. He is born not for the development of the society alone, but for the development of his self.” B. R. Ambedkar

While this perspective is humanistic, it does help to bring weight to the concept that a person needs to know who they are. It shows the importance of finding your identity. If someone doesn’t know who they are, then they can be subject to every whim and ideology that floats around them. They can become directionless.

Identity is rich, deep, and so much more than just what you look like online or to your friends. Identity comes from who you are, where you’ve come from, and where you’re going. If there is no direction there can still be identity, but it is not as focused as it would be if you know where you’re going, but that’s another idea for another day.

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