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ME!

I have no Idea if this really deals with the class, digital america, but the video we all watched today dealt with the idea of the “self” and it’s driving me crazy… So I’m gonna vent.

(these are all just my thoughts and ideas)

You are whoever you are. I feel like looking for “yourself” is the most pointless endeavor you could possibly imagine.

By looking at yourself and trying to figure out who you are you must, inevitably, label yourself. With a label come parameters. Each person is infinitely different. You can’t fit yourself into those parameters. There is no “kernel”; there is no inner self. You are whoever you are right now. You can’t peel back layers and get to the middle, there’s no middle, there are infinite layers.

I feel like the harder you try to find yourself the farther you get from yourself. The more you label yourself into a block, mold, an idea, the more you confine yourself.

I think another thing that follows this line of thought is honesty, specifically when it comes to honesty with yourself. This has come up a number of times in the Psychology classes I’ve taken. Most people, on average, think they are above average (http://www.sciencentral.com/articles/view.php3?article_id=218392713).

“You are not special. You are not a beautiful or unique snowflake. You’re the same decaying organic matter as everything else.” Tyler Durden. (Can you quote a character in a movie?)

 

What then? If you’re not looking for yourself, or trying to find yourself what should you do?

In my opinion, live your lives. The choices you make define who you are. The things you do define who you are.  Just be.

I’m gonna stop here because at this point I’m just ranting 🙂

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  1. Ah, but is a habit the same thing as a label? Is a belief? Those 60s folks believed that identity is a process not a static configuration… That model is exactly what the early human potential movement was fighting against. And it got co-opted because long before you came to this conclusion, a bunch of upwardly mobile types said “Just Live,” and they jumpstarted the long boom of individualized mass consumerism that has only recently begun to show its age.

    The thing is that most can’t “Just Live” without being told what living is supposed to be.

    Seems to me like you were just getting warmed up.

    I feel like the harder you try to find yourself the farther you get from yourself. The more you label yourself into a block, mold, an idea, the more you confine yourself.

    Sounds like the business plan of Facebook.

    “Just Be” is leading us down some very sketchy paths, the very path that you express so much doubt about here and in other posts. The answer cannot be “Just Be,” when just “being” continues to basically mean sustaining a kind of fundamental ignorance about simple things like the second law of thermodynamics.

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