10-23-2016, 09:17 AM
I'm going to think on it during the day. Because, indeed, this is a very good topic for discussion.
I was thinking of identity (authenticity of the self, really) in terms of those times in life when Grace is found. When one connects with something larger than himself or herself and one becomes what one beholds and is then able to see beyond their concerns and constraints. Concerns and constraints of the weight of the now, for example, could be those times when some inner saddening of the past and the anxiousness for the future constantly drives one crazy inside their mind. But when one sees beyond those anxieties, those anxieties silence themselves and you're purged of the constraints from them never shutting up. To me, that's authentic identity. Of course, that's merely a single example but there are many if we are able to find them and grow from them. These are moments of reconciliation. Moments when you move forward. Transformative moments when you find yourself from outside of yourself.
Culturally, though, I think people are losing knowledge (and even interest) of knowing their true identity. Seems like many people tend to try to be the kind of person that the other person they're talking with thinks they are instead of who they really are as a person. And getting worse since the evolution of social media like facebook and whatnot. People are more interested in trying to satisfy the image of themselves that the other person has of them instead of just being themselves. And in doing so, nether ever really get to know the true mind of the other. It's becoming a repetitive circle.
Anyway. I guess I'm rambling there. Getting into existence precedes essence versus essence versus existence and whatnot.