What is identity and what do you associate it to? A name?
I was having a conversation with Lady Divine yesterday. She was telling me about a blogger who’s now working in her building. She wouldn’t tell me her real name to keep the anonymity, which I find hypocritical since she told me her own name. But anyway. I didn’t really care that I didn’t know her name, because I still knew who she was, at least the little I knew through her blog. That was enough. Knowing her name doesn’t change anything, she is all the same. Not knowing her name makes no difference either. What is a name but a label? It isn’t your identity, is it?
“Name has a LOT to do with identity. It’s like a brand to a product”, was the point Lady Divine had to make. She was a little stressed with work at the time and my reply (laughing at her point) pissed her off as it was rude. I hope she doesn’t mind me posting this. Name is to identity what brand is to a product? I’m sorry, but let’s explore this, shall we? Now let’s take a product – shampoo. And now a brand – Pantene. There are millions of Pantene shampoo bottles manufactured around the world. And they are all exactly the same. So if name is to identity what brand is to product, then all the John’s in this world have the same identity? I guess it was just the stress talking.
In my view name has NOTHING to do with identity. Name CAN be used to identify a group of things, or in some cases a single thing. But does it REALLY make a difference? I could change my name to anything I want yet I don’t change one bit do I? Superstitious people believe your name is chosen for a reason with all sorts of calculations coming in. My name was calculated using numerology. Apparently Mohammed Naoshaad Imaad Majeed is my identity. Is it?
A name is just a label. Identity is who you are. Your name is what you’re called. You share your name with many. You share your identity with none. It is what you have to yourself, how could you associate something as unique and important as that to something as simple as a name? Maybe I’m wrong though. Maybe all that numerology stuff is right. Maybe half the people in the world have the wrong name, thereby the wrong identity. Do you really think so though?
I’d like to know what you think. So leave a comment with your views, arguments, opinions etc. The last rant I posted, In Death – Is Life, got some pretty good comments. I’m thankful that my readers are actually discussing things with me and among themselves. That’s the point of blogging isn’t it? Getting the stuff out there and then getting it read, thought about, criticized, replied to, and argued over. So please, don’t hesitate. Whatever you have to say, say it.