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Subject: Me
Category: Relationships and Society > Cultures
Asked by: grey-ga
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Posted: 18 Apr 2002 19:02 PDT
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Question ID: 1123
Who am I?
Subject: Re: Me
Answered By: drdavid-ga on 18 Apr 2002 20:57 PDT
The Comment posted by "blader" gives the easy answer: you are who you say you 
are. If you say you are "grey," then you are "grey." But I think you aren't 
looking for the easy answer, or you wouldn't be asking! Of course, I also know 
that you are only "grey" for the convenience of anonymity on Google Answers. 
Perhaps you want to know whether I can divine other name(s) you go by, whether 
by psychic ability, a knack at hacking into Google servers or personal 
connections with the software gurus who manage the Google Answers nickname 
system. I won't touch that one!

A Google search on:

"who am I"

turns up a lot of interesting references that may help you with your search for 

For example, the teachings of Bhagavan Sri Ramana Maharshi (a Hindu spiritual 
leader from the early 20th century who lived in a cave) are quoted at length at 
a website devoted to his teachings:

The text is translated from the original Tamil ("Who am I" is "Nan Yar?" in 
Tamil). I quote the first two of 28 points in his essay:

"1 . Who am I ? 
The gross body which is composed of the seven humours (dhatus), I am not; the 
five cognitive sense organs, viz. the senses of hearing, touch, sight, taste, 
and smell, which apprehend their respective objects, viz. sound, touch, colour, 
taste, and odour, I am not; the five cognitive sense-organs, viz. the organs of 
speech, locomotion, grasping, excretion, and procreation, which have as their 
respective functions speaking, moving, grasping, excreting, and enjoying, I am 
not; the five vital airs, prana, etc., which perform respectively the five 
functions of in-breathing, etc., I am not; even the mind which thinks, I am 
not; the nescience too, which is endowed only with the residual impressions of 
objects, and in which there are no objects and no functioning's, I am not. 

2. If I am none of these, then who am I? 
After negating all of the above-mentioned as 'not this', 'not this', that 
Awareness which alone remains - that I am."

You can follow the rest at the above website. 

If you prefer a Christian perspective, you might try the Freedom in Christ 

The answer to the question "Who am I in Christ?" is divided into sections: "I 
am Accepted," "I am Secure," "I am Significant." Each section is elaborated 
with about 10 answers complete with biblical reference.

A Jewish view can be found at

For example in a discussion of Adam and Eve (Adom and Chava)in the Garden of 
Eden, this site says:

"Then they ate from the Tree of Knowledge. They changed. Their clarity was 
forever altered. Am I a soul? Am I a body? Who am I? Confusion. Blurred 
perception of who and what they were. It's no longer a horse that's running 
around naked. That just might be ME! They hid 'ki airom {because they were 

The first sin--the root of all sins that follow. Confusion. Who am I? An over-
association with the body. An over-involvement with the body. How is it 
corrected? A korbon is brought. The animal's body is burned. It should be my 
body. That's not who I am. I am a soul. I have to begin to act accordingly. The 
closeness (korbon) to Hashem is reestablished."

Moving away from religion, you can find some teacher guidance for addressing 
this topic at the website of Channel 13 in New York City:

This is oriented to the high school level. To quote the introductory paragraph:

"Who am I? In this lesson, students reflect on this question through 
discussion, writing and art. Students first define 'identity' and consider who 
they are and what they value. Students then explore the work of two 
photographers featured on an upcoming episode of Thirteen/WNET New York's 
series EGG THE ARTS SHOW to see how they have dealt with the issue of identity. 
As a culminating activity, students respond to the question 'Who am I?' using 
photography, paint, clay, or collage."

Answers from 30 different perspectives (alchemy to Tarot cards) can be found in 
the Skeptics Dictionary:

Perhaps you'd like to explore "Past Life Regression," the opening paragraph of 
which is quoted below:

"Past life regression (PLR) is the alleged journeying into one's past lives 
while hypnotized. While it is true that many patients recall past lives, it is 
highly probable that their memories are false memories. The memories are from 
experiences in this life, pure products of the imagination, intentional or 
unintentional suggestions from the hypnotist, or confabulations."

"Who am I?" is also a game. See

And a career quiz! Check the website of Human Resources Canada:

"Who am I?" is also a movie featuring Jackie Chan (Hong Kong, 1998). Several 
capsule reviews are quoted at the Hong Kong Film Critics Society website

One sample:

"The major plot line of the continual quest for self-identity is more 
noteworthy than all the spectacles and daredevil stunts. Jackie Chan's 
character mentions his father's teachings, learns the way to live life on 
earth, and establishes a father-and-son relationship. But the character forgets 
his relationship with his environment and other people. Curiously enough, this 
situation is able to find a place in the labyrinth of post-97 political 
identity. So Hongkongese, in the immediate aftermath of 1997, are still 
troubled by "Who Am I?". Nothing is certain except Hong Kong is China's son. 
For the individual, his own identity remains in a state of flux - ManAlone Ho"

Possible search terms:

"who am i"
"who am i" torah
"who am i" "Jackie Chan"

I appreciate that your search for personal identity can be a long and difficult 
journey. I hope that one or more of these leads will steer you in a direction 
which you find useful!
Subject: Re: Me
From: blader-ga on 18 Apr 2002 19:20 PDT
You are: Grey.
Subject: Re: Me
From: paulhoffman-ga on 18 Apr 2002 20:54 PDT
It depends on your spiritual beliefs and/or religion. Many systems say that 
there is no identifiable "you"; others say that every person is an individual 
who is identifiable by a higher power (commonly called a god).

If you were me, the answer to your/my question would be "there is no me".
Subject: Re: Me
From: lkbryant-ga on 18 Apr 2002 21:30 PDT
You are a human created by God.
Subject: Re: Me
From: carson-ga on 18 Apr 2002 21:58 PDT
The real question is: who are you not? Clearly, on the internet, you can be 
anything or anyone. This can be interesting and beneficial, but -- more 
often than not -- it's detrimental: an unfortunate fact that all too many 
people fall into.
Subject: Re: Me
From: gank-ga on 19 Apr 2002 01:36 PDT
I am that I am. Maybe you are that you are as well?
Subject: Re: Me
From: schwachs-ga on 19 Apr 2002 07:01 PDT
I think that you really need to look inside yourself and realize you're not 
grey, but in fact, blue.
Subject: Re: Me
From: wisecat-ga on 19 Apr 2002 07:16 PDT
To quote from one of the most beautiful and inspiring poems ever written, "You 
are a child of the Universe"
Subject: Re: Me
From: davidny-ga on 19 Apr 2002 13:51 PDT
You're Jean Valjean?
Subject: Re: Me
From: ladyofthelake-ga on 20 Apr 2002 21:13 PDT
You are consciousness -- The I Am presence that is infinite, eternal, has no 
beginning and no ending, is everywhere and nowhere.
Subject: Re: Me
From: cm476-ga on 07 May 2002 12:08 PDT
I like girls.  Do you like girls?
Subject: Re: Me
From: jinjin-ga on 15 May 2002 00:59 PDT
Carson-ga is right, you have to first define what you are not. Maybe
you also need to behave according to what you are, i.e. no play a
role, no pretence, to find yourself. The answer is inside you, where
Google researchers cannot search. Why did you ask it to them? (I hope
it's proper English, I am but a poor froggy).
Subject: Re: Me
From: jinjin-ga on 15 May 2002 03:00 PDT
Some authors also tried to answer to this question, like Gustav
Meyrink, an Austrian writer and mystic whose mission was awakening
people. Here are a few links a
Subject: Re: Me
From: jinjin-ga on 15 May 2002 03:06 PDT
Here are a few links about his view of the essential question: who am
I? According to him, it is the beginning of everything.

It deals more with awakeness than with "who am I", but both are

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