Jun 6, 2007

Who Are You?

This is a repeating theme with me lately. The question: "Who Are You?".

Think about it. Who are you really? We obtain our identities by the people we know, the position we hold in our families, our jobs, the things we like to do, the places we visit, the culture we place ourselves in. But does it really answer that question?

Today I was a manager, and acted as such. When I get home I step into the role of a single 36 year old male, a blogger (as this post indicates), a home owner with laundry to do, etc. Later I may become a student and work on my classes, online of course. This weekend when I visit my dad, I will be the son, possibly the brother if I visit with him, and brother-n-law if I see his wife. But really does it answer the question "Who Are You?"

What if I lost my job? I am no longer the manager/director. What if I lost my father, do I stop being the "son"?

It reminds me of the answer God gave Moses in Exodus when he asks what his name was. As it is with God, we are evolving. In one translation (literal) of the original Hebrew text, God's reply was "Ehyeh asher ehyeh" traditionally translated is "I am that I am", however it's most literal translation is "I shall be that I shall be". Ehyeh is in the imperfective aspect, and can be understood as God saying that he is "in the process of being", a reference saying that he exists in all times, constantly, eternally. Some translations interpret it as "I am that I am becoming".

Many people answer the question with "I am a child of God". This implies that the one answering the question knows about and of God, knows God intimately and therefore identifies with God. That leads me to another question - Who is God?

So, isn't is safe to say, we are constantly changing, who we are depends on the company we keep, the positions and titles we may hold, they are many. But for now and I feel certain for always, I will simply "be"... I am - which says I am here, I am present - I was, I am, and I always will "be".

What becomes of us when the things, places, and people we identify with cease to exist? There is a deeper indication that we must acknowledge who we are in order to keep our identity intact.

So ask yourself, or someone you know... "Who are you" if they answer with their name, let them know thats their name, but Who is that? Continue on this path, until you get to the real question - which is and remains... Who are you?

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