a/n: this is again my reflection paper and I’m not satisfied with this piece but hope you’d get the message I want to tell.
Identity. It defines who we are as an individual. It is what makes us different to others. It is our distinction in order for them to recognize us. But what is your real Identity? Have you gone to a journey of discovering who you are? Your life’s purpose? Your life’s meaning?
One of the most asked questions in philosophy is “Who am I?”. Like the others, it is a very hard question to answer. Who are you? Do you really know who you really are? According to Richard Grant, the value of identity of course is that so often with it comes with a purpose. For him, we know who we really are if we know what on earth we are here for.
Do you know why you are here?
There are two general philosophies about the purpose of life. First, is “Essence precedes Existence”, in this idea before you came here on earth your life are already been planned. This is what Christians do believe, and it is written in their bible at Isaiah 44: 2a (CEV) , it said that “…I am your creator. You were in my care even before you were born…” For them, we are created by God for a purpose and unless you are not on God’s side you’ll never found your purpose. You’ll going to live life meaningless. Another belief is Sartre’s “Existence precedes Essence”, in this concept of identity, we are here and we needed to create a meaning for our lives. We have a freedom on how we are going to live our life. There in no such patterns for us to follow. We can choose over the two whatever principle we want to guide us for our purpose in life as long as we are not wasting our life.
As an addition for finding why we exist on this planet, we should follow Socrates. We should know our self well. We should know what we want, what we hate, etc.., We can know our purpose by what we want us to be. When we already know what we want to be we need to live it. It shouldn’t be just on our mind, that purpose that we have found should be seen in our lives. We should act as what we think who we are. We should be the best of whoever we can be.
“The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.” says Mahatma Gandhi. Another kind of finding oneself is sharing your life with others. It is through others that we become ourselves (Lev Vygotsky), because with them we can learn what is life and vice versa. Through their experiences we can know what has yet to come, we can prepare for it. Also, we should live our life with having an affair to the society. We should serve others for if we don’t then our life is totally useless.
Whatever you find meaning for your life, live it meaningfully. What matters is not the purpose we have found but how we value the precious life that has given to us. We shouldn’t waste it, it is just once in a lifetime. Just enjoy your life’s journey. Go on with what your heart tells you or you will lose it. (Riordan)