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Whispers - Issue #3 — On Identity

Yasky
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The Chinese character for “good” 好 is a compound ideograph made up of two pictograms: “woman” 女, and “child” 子. Most English words have Latin or Greek roots. Everything complex has its root in something simple.

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On Identity
Identity has become both fragmented, and an weaponised. The identity of a people is the one of the tools employed by culture as a unifying bond for a society. These days, reality is drifting farther from this truth. This made me reconsider, from first principles, what identity is in fact.
Yāsky
The etymology of the word offers itself up as

- idem: to mean "same"
- identitas:
- identity: quality of being identical

Language offers the cultural journey into an identity. An identity must have some similarity in qualities. Somewhat a pointer to it's togetherness
Linguistically, identity offers itself up to the age old definition. I rode the train of thought a little further to find “the whisper”. I realised I could break the word into “id” and “entity”. The psychology of Sigmund Freud kicked in.
Just like the Chinese compound ideographs, Yāsky’s psychological word for “identity” is made up of two components, “id” and “entity”.
Yāsky
The id is "the part of the mind in which innate instinctive impulses and primary processes are manifest." thanks Google.

An entity is — and this is my definition — "the thingness of a being".
Identity, through our new found psycho-etymological lens, can now be defined as “the thingness of innate impulses and primary processes”. Let’s think on that for a moment. Recently, identity has grown more volatile. Well, if Identity can be has evolved as the housing for innate impulses… then its volatility begins to make sense. When we act along the lines — or in defence — of our identities, our actions are seldom premeditated. When we take such abilities to the extreme, the volatility becomes the norm.
Knowing this, we now have two ways of seeing any identities we identify with. One is stable: it seeks homogeneity as a binding force to bring people together. Another is volatile: if left unchecked, could destroy the first. Both must coexist with each other for identity to achieve balance.
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