Who am I? Who are you?

When asked, "who are you?", how do you respond?

Most probably, like me, you try to decode who is it that's asking, and try to find an answer that's relevant to both. For example, are they professionals? If yes, I answer "I am a professional software engineer". Are they trekkers? If yes, I answer "I am a hobby trekker". Are they into anime? If yes, I answer "I am a Hayao Miyazaki fan".

But, what if you ask that question to yourself? Using this approach to identify yourself, you need to identify yourself first. It's a paradox. Hence, this approach to identify ourselves wouldn't work.

So, do you own an objective identity? Am I someone to everyone and everything?

I guess, I can answer I am me, just a unique mixture of everything, but then comes the question "do I matter?". Being a professional software engineer matters to other professionals for potential work opportunities and collaborations. Being a hobby trekker or a Hayao Miyazaki fan matters to other trekkers or anime fans for potential interesting conversations. But does my being me matter to anyone or anything? Does your being you matter?

Let's see...

I think, at the very least, my being me matters to all mankind, because that me is a part of it. So, to explain what mankind is, I have to be considered as a contributing member. Similarly, mankind matters to the nature because mankind is a part of it. Likewise, nature matters to the universe, and so on...

So, I suppose I am me, like you are you, unique mixtures of everything that matter to the universe and beyond. We can be anyone we want, but we don't have to be anyone else other than ourselves.

Arijit Basu

Software Engineer at stck.me