Identity has been a unique point of discussion along with pathos of philosophy. The interesting and incomplete theories of body and memory put forwarded by minds like Locke seems to point out that identity is one among the most complex ideas. I don’t intend to explore the depths of the idea in this article. I am begining to understand identity in a different perspective irrespective of the individual and social nature of its source. I am begining to associate three basic attributes to identity. They are raw materials with which an individual or society tries to define identity.
- Sensory awareness
- Perceptional evolution
- Cognitive investment
Eventhough three of them are important, their importance cannot be equal and there lies a interesting idea of identity. I am of opinion that cognitive investment is the most important tool with which we attaches identity to an individual,or a thing or anything at all. Here comes the core theme of my concept of identity- it is not defined( contrary to popular expression even inside the article),it is not generated, it is an attached quality implying a variability and abstraction to every Identity attached. The other important aspect of my idea is that, every object or being in every set of anything(set of human beings, set of things,set of pigs and human beings) has its own freedom of attachment of identity. The idea of freedom of attachment is a matter we will discuss in detail later.
Sensory awareness is the least important tool of attachment,but the persistence of sensory data with awareness can attach a strong sense of identity.The strength pf perceptional evolution stands at a middle ground and is a very powerful tool often used by politicians and religious leaders to attach a uniform sense of identity.