Isn`t it true that we all have many identities? We have group identities and our individual identity. We are a sex. Woman or man. We are a gender, a race, a nationality, a religion, an economic class, a boss or a worker, a member of a family and the list goes on. Where do these identities come from?
The group identities are often inherited. The characteristics attributed to the group identity are attributed to the individual. The struggle is often to change the group identity. To find and assert our own individual identity. To define an individual identity. As we grow up, we and others that we know, help to construct a personal identity. Then we even have to struggle against this personal construct at times.
I think a great deal of the social and personal strife is related to and about identity and the judgement that often follows it. Should we take a more “you tell me” attitude when comes to identity? You tell me what your race, your sex, gender, nationality, religion, and etc. means. Shouldn’t you tell me who you are, rather than I tell you what you are, by identifying group identities and applying the standard characteristics to you?