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  a manifold sense of “identity”
gary e. davis
July 24, 2017

Identity as such is an emblematic, abstract term for many aspects of a life, bridging (1) a living sense of selfidentity, (2) numerous modes of [inter]personal identity, and (3) a representable sense of character (usually relative to one mode of interpersonal life).

(2) [Inter]personal identities may be family-centered, friendship-centered, organizationally-centered, etc., including sub-modes (within a family: sibling-to-sibling, child-to-parent; among friends: “best friend,” other friends; organization of like-minded interests, employment organization; and so on).

(1) Selfidentity (distinct from enspiriting, self-showing enactive Self) encompasses all [inter]personal identities, cohering an individuated life.

The identity of oneself—the authentic individuality of oneself—is a nebulous sense of concerted, life-oriental importances—interests, relationships, attachments, fidelities, etc.—belonging to selfidentity (the authentic individuality of oneself) engaged (here and there) with all modes of one’s life.

A selfidentity—oneself, I—feels being of importances: “I am that,” too. Importances which are selfidentical mirror “who I am.” I am all that is important to “my” life, my dignity, my integrity.

Alsa, let’s say, is a concerting of those exemplary selfidentical importances: “vitality, curiosity, love of learning, persistence, open-mindedness, care for others, appreciation, creativity, integrity, fairness, prudence, gratitude, and more”—ideally, at least (i.e., Alsa “it”self—non-gendered—is an ideality). The degree to which this pertains to a set of relationships, a group, or one selfidentity is open.


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