Muddle-headed Kay (mhw) wrote,
Muddle-headed Kay
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Question #1: Who Are You?

This is the first question posed to the members of a closed LJ community that's just started, in which we agree to consider ourselves as discoverers or rediscoverers of ourselves. The question in the Subject is the first one given us, and I've been scratching my head about it hard for a day before coming up with this. It's only a 'first thoughts', as is usual in the way that I write, but I really do feel as though I've thought myself into a corner. I'll put it here a while, and reconsider before the Saturday deadline.

I do not think I have a WHO. All the questions that are evoked for me by "Who Are You?" seem better posed as alternatives using other WH-question forms.

This question most often seems to ask for a statement of identity, a convenient label by which one may be known. In the simplest use, it's "WHAT's your name?". Sometimes it's "WHAT do you do?" (for fun, as work, in bed...). Sometimes it asks about WHERE one's from, WHEN and WHERE one was born, WHERE one now lives. HOW one got to be here, literally and metaphorically. WHY one makes the choices one makes.

Those aren't me. They're epiphenomena of me. In data structure terms, perhaps, the property lists and not the node.

What do people mean by WHO?

I am who I am. Be still, and know that I am me. Are there better answers than that?

I'm worrying that people might not see this as an honest answer to the question, that somehow I'm trying to evade giving the WHATs, WHEREs, WHENs, HOWs and WHYs that other people have given as answers. I truly am not; those answers are all available to anyone who wishes to know them, but I don't see them as answers I should give to the question that we were asked about "the core of your personality", which I'm trying hard to answer and drawing a blank on.

Was the Jewish God in Exodus trying to say that to Moses: "I can't answer your question in a meaningful way. Just accept that I AM"? I don't know. I really am stumped.
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