Identity Theory (Work In Progress)

Way back when I first began in Second Life, I speculated on what I wanted to call “identity theory,” which had to do with how we identify ourselves in life and how being able to become an online avatar expanded how we identify ourselves. My budding thoughts on “online identity” were soon “thread-hijacked” by “identity theft” and the like BUT

I retained a hint of my idea through my subsequent speculation on “nom en ligne” (online-name). This was an allusion to pen-name, war-name, and art-name: words borrowed into the English language from the French and Japanese languages.

More recently when I began re-exploring Second Life, after hearing a rumor that it was “dead,” I re-engaged in what I still want to call “identity theory.” I feel that identity theory continues to apply very much to us in the real world, as a model for freedom, and that Second Life continues to help by offering insights as an illustrative model.

As human beings our identities are composite systems that have elements ranging from the tangible to the intangible. In particular these elements include physical, biological, psychological, sociological, theological, and spiritual. All these levels of existence are reflected in our composite identities.

As a working shorthand we will call these identity elements Body, Mind, Spirit. Body comprises physical and biological elements. Mind comprises psychological and sociological elements. Spirit comprises theological and spiritual elements. Body is clearly tangible, Spirit is clearly intangible, and Mind is clearly both.

Astro Characters

Somebody said we as individuals are not one but a committee of several personas which comprise our identify and determine or influence our net attitudes and perspectives and behaviors in life. Here are five sample committee members based on western astrology.

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Rank Corporate Ranking Systems

A year (or so) after I started my corporate career (at the tender age of 25), I discovered that my company’s ranking system (to give a grade to determine subsequent raises and/or promotions) was rank (having a foul or offensive smell). Why was it rank? Because I had entered it without understanding it. Having put my foot in it, I chose to outlast it as long as I could (I thought that would be a mere 5 but it turned out to be yikes! 25 years yay me! ; ) ).

That said, rank corporate ranking systems are as inevitable (and rank) as death and taxes, so, be aware and persevere.

Summer near Sabine Pass, Port Arthur Texas

Summer near Palacios Texas

Where would you go to talk to people who are interested in talking to people – beyond anecdotal extremes?

star-trek-beyond-c1Where would you go to talk to people who are interested in talking to people?

I don’t mean work or hobbies or organized institutions such as churches or clubs or networking or dating I mean.. well.. people of a feather who’d like to talk together?

Something beyond anecdotal extremes?

Unity.. exploring.. disputing.. in a respectful way.. “whither humanity?”

This is a concern among the generations way more than the would-be would like to present – it’s thought, feeling, spirit, more. than any age, gender, race, whatever ism you care to specify – imho ; p

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scansionScansion: the rhythm of a line of verse






jabberwockyJabberwocky: `Twas brillig, and the slithy toves
Did gyre and gimble in the wabe:
All mimsy were the borogoves,
And the mome raths outgrabe.










1958_Gene_Barry_Bat_MastersonBat Masterson: Back when the west was very young,
There lived a man named Masterson.
He wore a cane and derby hat,
They called him Bat, Bat Masterson.








Scansion: ? mid 17th century
Jabberwocky: 1872 Lewis Carrol:
Bat Masterson: 1958 NBC:

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