Being oneself – Who are we?

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Being oneself

Who are we?

Are we merely products of the culture, the family and friends we live in and with?

If I had been born in Saudi Arabia I would be a Sunni Muslim. If I had been born in Iran I would have been Shia. If I had been born in Mississippi I would be going to the Baptist church regularly. If I had been born in Brazil I would be Catholic, India – Hindu. Or would I?

I was born in the freedom of England and brought up in a liberating environment where little was forced on me.

I am a free thinking, alternative antitheist.

I am a product of my own individuality. I am a free man making decisions and choices based on my own preferences and personality.

Or do I?

I value my freedom and individuality and would fight to preserve it. I detest indoctrination…

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2 thoughts on “Being oneself – Who are we?

  1. After rethinking this post since the last time I read it, my thoughts are a bit more focused. In being oneself I think we can only know one thing for sure: We are born amazing creatures (no matter who or what you think the author of life is). We have a vast potential within us to do wonderful, productive, creative things; to be compassionate, generous, etc. But the minute we are born and ready to grow into all that we are meant to be, the world begins to change us to make us into its version of a creator. Be it through relationships, the media, experiences, etc. There’s a quote by e.e.cummings that I really like:
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    “To be nobody but yourself in a world which is doing its best day and night to make you everybody else means to fight the hardest battle which any human can fight — and never stop fighting.”

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