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Bethany Patch

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In a modern globalised world, how do you build or adapt your identity?

Bauman (Identity in the Globalizing World; 2001) writes that 'needing to become what one is is the feature of modern living'.
What means do you use to become yourself? Are they represented offline, online, or both? How do you build your identity? Is it easier or harder to maintain an identity when so much of our lives is online?


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  • Aug 19 2013: when your a child your identity is adapted to your parents first, then to your family, later the children in your class and the teacher, first you form an identity on the community you live in. groups of people start to belong to each other and even cling to each other because the large world with so many people seems scary and you can't understand it. you do know and understand the people of your group they become your clan and you can belong to more then one clan. you can be a Christian and have a group of friends who are atheist etc. when you are lucky you learn to build an identity that is open to both your Christian brothers and sisters as to your atheist humans and sisters. in this way you are on your way to an identity that is open and is able to accept all groups and clans and believes and at the same time transcend all groups and clans and become your own being. When your an open and loving person who relates to the world from the heart, your identity will be open and flexible, when your free from everything you can build your identity so you can enjoy all kinds of people and relate to them from the hart. everything in you that is in conflict with something, someone or some group or believe in the world is because of fear and pain. transcend them and enter the ocean of love that connects all of us and all there is together. for me the self identity I have for myself is seeing myself as the space where life flows trough. able to enjoy all life and only connected to the field of love. my outer identity I show others is flexible and depends on the person of group I relate to at that moment. what their understanding and way of thinking is.

    steven why believes his identity is who he is and that it needs to stay the way it is. he is a prisoner of his views and believes. life is an ever expanding and changing ocean better go with it and become it than build your identity as an house,as property worth defending.because then you are in conflict with the globalworld

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