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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 20 2013: I believe Identity is how you as an individual is Identified. In order to build upon that, you must be yourself. People want to belong to something, whether it's a club or a gang, it gives them something tangible they can label. Where we get lost, at least I believe, is we tend to follow trends, giving way to imitation. People try so hard to be what they're not, that their true identity never surfaces.

    If we're to adapt our identity in this world, we must identify ourselves and take pride on our uniqueness. But from the world's view, we're identified by what we wear, our skin, our bank accounts and a whole list of other things.

    Ever saw an actor and thought to yourself that no other actor could play that role? That's that actor's identity shining through. They're not just being an actor, but his personality, his skill and his confidence shines through and that can only come from a place of knowing oneself.

    Identity is unique to every person. Why are we identified by our fingerprints? Because they're unique. Once we embrace that fact will we build upon it. Hope that all made sense! :)
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      Aug 21 2013: Thankyou so much for this input, Eddie. I completely agree.
      There are so many aspects of your identity at play at any given moment and I like that we can continually adapt and grow into ourselves, as human beings.
      From experience, the people who portray a sense of true happiness are always those who 'know' themselves the best.

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