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The Identity Conundrum

DynaNama- The Global Kaleidoscope

Who am “I” among the myriad of all of “we” and many of “them”?

The question is not a new one. And it’s definitely not something that has annoyed and perplexed the philosophers, sociologists and psychologists alone. The matter at hand has been lingering on some conscious and most unconscious minds for ages now.

Identity, or perhaps crisis of it, is the indictment of our modern world. I’m not saying it did not exist in preceding generations. Yet, the intensity of the crisis and its implications are alarming as never before.

I came to this somewhat dismal conclusion as I sifted through April’s articles. The identity struggle is everywhere.

This was most evident in James Estrin’s article “Listening to (and saving) the World’s Languages” published in The New York Times on April 28, 2010.

The author asserts the virtual need of language diversity in modern times. Language is perhaps the greatest symbol of consciousness. It represents the world we live in. It is the identity. Yet numerous languages are nearing extinction without anyone realizing it. The reasons for language attrition, according to the author, are plenty; war, ethnic cleansing and compulsory schooling in national tongues to name a few.

Still, should this concern us?…READ MORE

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