I’m genuinely trying to understand how something becomes an “identity” when it can’t be clearly articulated or understood. This actually seems like the antithesis of “identity.” If you are going to create perimeters around something, shouldn’t those perimeters be clear? And if they aren’t clear to everyone, how are they providing meaning?
Wouldn’t we just call this situation being human, growing, confusion, ever-changing? What is happening to people that is making them want to cling to identities, and how is this liberating or helpful? It seems to me like people are feeling so socially dislocated that they are searching desperately to an identity that will provide them with a sense of meaning, purpose, value. But these identities are looking rather artificial/superficial to me, and things without deep roots are not really worth negotiating politically unless you just really need to hear yourself talk.
So I don’t understand how these identities could rest anywhere safely profound or meaningful. It looks like they are actually providing people with a false sense of belonging, which is a very unhealthy circular trap and would likely lead me towards depression and despair. Continually separating myself from everyone as a hyper expression of individuality is a desolate place to be.