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Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Microstory 337: Identity

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This is probably the best word to use when describing a person’s place in the world, because it includes gender, sexuality, sexual orientation, religious beliefs, political leanings, and much, much more. Understanding who you are is one of the most important things you can do. Though it may be further down this list, it’s something that should be considered throughout your entire life, regardless of your station. While you’re finding food and clothing, or a job, you need to figure out what you really want out of life, all things being equal. Because if you don’t know how you feel about things, you won’t be able to go very far. Your identity informs your approach to life, and to others. Without it, you may be able to survive, but you won’t truly live. The study of identity, however, is not just about who you are as an individual. It is also about gaining perspective on other people, and recognizing how these people combine to form a subculture, a community, a nation, and a world. I’ve struggled through arguments from people who hate others for who they are. They have no real reason for this hate; they’re just ignorant, arrogant, and fearful. We could all do with a little more education into other people’s identities, but I do want to point out certain things in that regard. There are two sides of identity; that which we are, and that which we choose. I personally believe that it’s okay to judge someone based on the latter. I’m going to treat you differently if you think I’m going to hell by not joining your religion, because you’ve already judged me anyway. Your religion is a choice..that you have made..and I refuse to show you respect for it just because. Likewise, you have every right to judge me for not sharing your beliefs, as long as you agree to not infringe upon my belief system. Just be careful with opinions. I would speak more to identity, but I’ve run out of

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