On Identity…

identity-fraud   “Every individual is a meeting ground for many different allegiances, and sometimes their loyalties conflict with one another and confront the person who harbours them with difficult choices”

Amin Maalouf (In the Name of Identity: Violence and the Need of Belong)

As Amin Maalouf states in his quote, every individual might have some difficulties to define their identities mainly because of the blur definition of Identity…

Living in Beirut, reading Amin Maalouf… Thinking of Identities…

It is never easy to define  the components of one’s identity especially in our age of globalisation where ethnics, cultures and identities have long been intermixed. Place of birth, language and religion, they might both be unifying and diving factors depending on how people tend to consider them.

Our world is a great composite of cultures that celebrates the differences between people who share the same public space. Then why do we still have ethnic violence and segregation around the world? Why people discriminate each other because of their ethnic, cultural affiliations? Why it is so hard to keep a peaceful environment among ethnically different societies?

Human beings by nature can be considered as ignorant creatures evolved within the environment they grow up, this means that we are not born with any hatred, violence or love but we are rather made up by what we see and experience around.

“Nurture” shall not be undermined in the presence of “Nature”…

Thus, identities and ethnics genuinely cannot cause by means any issue in societies that celebrate multiculturalism unless they are threatened by any political or personal means.

This leads us to such an argument: Identities become a conflict cause only when they are threatened by other means…

And those who commit such threats are the ones dehumanising and narrowing down their life by ignoring the Other’s existence. Failure to embrace the richness in culture would only result by severe conflicts remaining serious damages in people’s life.

In a state of mind where we are unable to define our own identities due to conflicting loyalties as Maalouf says, then there shall be no reason to define “Other’s Identity”…

Defining identities can both alienate and assimilate different ethnic groups depending on the perspective one chooses to look at… Focusing on similarities rather than differences can pave the way of a common ground to share and discover more than we are framed of.

 

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