Who Are We - And Who Can We Become?

Reads: 663  | Likes: 0  | Shelves: 0  | Comments: 0

More Details
Status: Finished  |  Genre: Non-Fiction  |  House: Booksie Classic
One word, "Disidentify", made me think of all the possibilities there are to change one's identity, and maybe remodel it.

Submitted: May 28, 2010

A A A | A A A

Submitted: May 28, 2010

A A A

A A A


Ludwig Joseph Johann Wittgenstein (1889-1951) was a British philosopher, born in Austria. He studied with an even more famous, British philosopher, the Earl and Nobel Prize Winner Bertrand Russell (1872-1970). As far as I know it was Wittgenstein and not Russell who coined the word that started a chain of thoughts in me: "Disidentification".
It may go on people's identification with an idol like e.g. an actor, a famous sport's hero or someone like that, but I suggest that it may also go on one's feelings about what constitutes one's inborn identity: "I'm like this because I'm a farmer/gardener/writer/pretty/ugly/bright, etc. - and this is who I am, no matter what."
To disidentify from this so-called inborn personality will take a total dissolvement of what one believes constitutes one's identity. That sounds very, very difficult, but I suppose it might be done and e.g. the Danish author Ludvig Holberg wrote a play about a farmer who was cheated into believing that he was someone else: "Jeppe på Bjerget". Jeppe's personality dissolves and he turns into this other person, but then he is turned back again and once more becomes the drunkard-farmer he was born.
All of us identify with ourselves, but what if we disidentify with the person - or parts of the person - we are? For instance, many work situations make it necessarry to suppress parts of one's personality traits, but that may only be for the time one is working. What if one decides to get rid of traits one don't want? Many Eastern meditative techniques go on this wish. One wants to develop certain abilities, but isn't able to as all one is thinking of is some other urges. Then one consciously choses to uproot these and implant some more elevated ones instead: The personality is remodelled or even dissolved as best one can and one identifies with this new, chosen persona. The process may be more or less of a success, but it's a conscious attempt to disidentify oneself and as such very interesting.
However, the question is what it does to one's body and soul, so to speak. Is it possible to live with a new personality and can one return to the old one? In the work situation one is both the false and the genuine personality and the switch from the one to the other may be routive after a while so it must be possible. The disidentification may not be that difficult after all so perhaps one should see one's personality as some kind of floating object? Maybe even a shoal of fish or a group of birds changing form and speed at will? If so we are not who we are to ourselves and then it's not the disidentification which is so strange, it's the identification ....

ALL rights reserved
© EC


© Copyright 2019 ECEC333. All rights reserved.

Add Your Comments: