Thursday, November 11, 2010

Identity and Role Playing, Part II

This morning at work, I wrote some things in my mini-notebook that really sturred me and got me thinking more about issues and questions of identity and why or how we go through life playing roles. For instance, as a question (of many) to consider, is there/are there (a) claim(s) that the beliefs people have are the only beliefs that they carry, and cannot believe or carry any more than that? There are pros and cons to this, depending on the worldview or lifestyle of the person, for instance. To be fair, there is so much more we can learn and discover beyond limitations, and we can grow and build in knowledge, wisdom, and understanding. But again, there are aspects that are very provoking and require a good amount of discernment at said times.

The movie "Dead Poets Society" comes to mind, in terms of the traditions and so forth that occupy the university that the story is set against. There are also pressures from certain parents who want their children to achieve what they were not able to achieve. While it is important to respect and honor one's parents, it's fair to say that the pressures some parents put on their children also put limits on them regarding what siad children are told to do and what they believe their children should do. John Keating (played by Robin Williams) represents the door that opens for students to achieve more than they ever thought they could and seize opportunities they never thought they could. It, in turn, changes their character and their roles as students and maturing adults. (I should note that this is, in no ways, an endorsement to go against authority or dishonor that authority.)

To add to the above subtopic, there's another issue regarding who we are in one place and who we are in an entirely different environment. For instance, say you are a college student going to school. When you go home for a holiday or what have you, you are the relative, the sibling, the child to your parents. It's the same with education. There's a difference between learning actively (really taking the time to do your work) and learning passively (finishing a class for the day and going on Facebook or what have you). I just finished a class about a half-hour ago, and decided to blog right away. Yes, I am procrastinating in some ways when I should be doing some school work, yet it can be considered active depending on the purpose and meaning behind it. These issues and topics have gotten me interested for the last few weeks, so therefore I consider myself doing something active at the moment, because I am passionate about writing it and discussing it.

To conclude, I have a few examples that came to mind that may question what people feel about certain things, how they feel about them, and how they respond to them:

- Reading reviews that say how great something is and agreeing that it's great. How did you come to that conclusion? (Ex. of a pro to this: People are entitled to their opinions.)

- A student sitting at the same desk in class everyday. Does he or she choose to sit there and not anywhere else, or does he or she believe they need to sit there because that's how they believe the rest of the semester should be? (To put it simply, is it "Once you sit there, you always sit there"?)

- Watching a film adaptation of a book, play, short story, article, etc. How are we suppose to respond or feel about it, based on its faithfulness or inaccuracy? A few things to consider along with this: Choices made by the screenwriter, director, and actor(s) involved; how the characters should act; and how the scenes are structured.

- Perceptions or first impressions of people.

More to come soon.

B.E. Kerian

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