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IDENTITY'S RELEVANCE

The concept of core identity is reflected all around us...

…from the social to the scientific to the philosophical to the spiritual.

who_are_you.gifwho_are_you.gif   Below, Dr. Lowell Routley provides an introduction to each of these four perspectives. With this introductory information, you’ll begin to have a new understanding of your own unique identity. By filtering that knowledge through various lenses, you'll gain an even deeper appreciation of your authentic identity...who you really are. 

 


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The social perspective.

Personal identity: a progression.

Identity Claimed

 “Hi, George!” was how I greeted Taylor, my two-year-old great niece. Visibly irritated, Taylor made it clear who she was: “I not George! I Taylor!”

Two-year-olds are wonderful beings. In the phase that has become labeled the Terrible Twos, you will easily see clear assertions on the part of the child of who they are. The assertions become clear that the child knows their identity and has a sense of self. Those years are the precious years of the child’s life in which there is that realization that s/he exists separate from parents and environment with unique identity because the name heard from birth “belongs to me.”

How can anyone who has known a two-year-old not realize the importance of identity? [Read more...]

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Science2.jpgThe scientific perspective.

Human and animal. They’re just the same. Right?

All of the animal kingdom, while more sophisticated as you move up the ladder, basically are bodies that seek to survive by instinct. Dolphins and humans are both mammals. Sure…one is aquatic, the other land-based. But both need air to exist. Each shows ability to learn and to communicate with their kind. Other parallels could be made. Some would prefer the human parallel to dolphin over primate because they seem so much more intelligent...and cute. [Read more...]

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Treatise: That the Best Physician is also a Philosopher 

—Galen (or Claudius Galenus) [September AD 129 – 199/217]

 

Philosophers through the centuries have struggled to explain how our human physicality interacts with our identity, our mind, our soul. The question was not whether a human being had a soul; rather, where did our soul and/or mind reside in relation to our physicality? Even more puzzling was how the mind and soul directed the body. [Read more...]

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Dove icon.jpgThe spiritual perspective.

Religion and spirituality are often considered terms for the same subject.

Re: Religion.

The WordNet site of Princeton University, a lexicon of the English language, defines religion as a strong belief in a supernatural power or powers that control human destiny1.

Dictionary.com defines religion as a set of beliefs concerning the cause, nature, and purpose of the universe, esp. when considered as the creation of a superhuman agency or agencies, usually involving devotional and ritual observances, and often containing a moral code governing the conduct of human affairs2. [Read more...]

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