identity

Identity

By Mark Ayers on 2018-09-11 — 1 min read

You may call your­self by any name. Each iden­tity has a shift­ing foun­da­tion. What was lib­eral, isn’t. What was con­ser­v­a­tive, isn’t. Want was Democrat is now Republican and what was once Republican is now Democratic. What is at this moment will be dif­fer­ent tomor­row while car­ry­ing the same name. Even our under­stand­ing of the mean­ing of a thing is infirm. So grab the name you want today and use it. Wear it out. Or replace it as you please.

We have escaped 700 years of feu­dal­ism. Years when, by the unin­tended con­se­quence of an emperor of Rome try­ing to keep an empire from falling apart decreed that you will be what your father was and you will live where your father lived, we found our selves, serfs bound to name, place, duty, and God.

No. Call your­self by any name. Claim your free­dom and by claim­ing it, retain it.

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