Fixed to Flexible Identities

I am at present reading on a philosopher called Gilles Deleuze. He is called the philosopher of difference. Still I would need to read and reflect a little more to write something concretely on him. His philosophy (style of thinking) gives greater importance or prime position to the difference than identity. [I would probably explain it on another day]. But this has led to some varied thoughts in my mind.

Dare to think the unthinkable

Dare to dream the undreamable.

We live in a world where very fixed identities are created for all of us. (various reasons could be attributed for the creation of those identities). Definitely I don’t believe there is one proper fixed style to be a christian or a Hindu or a communist or whatever you call. Some thinkers would envision identities that are fluid. It is much more progressive (empowering) than fixed ones.

Normally with the growth of science and extensive globalization, I would have assumed more flexible identities. But my conclusions were partially wrong (or wrong to a greater extend); when a certain section of the society are more outward looking, a huge section is becoming more inward looking. Existence of greater inequalities and accumulation of wealth/power in fewer hands favour fixed identities.

When we look at the Indian scenario of caste system (similar trends are seen in other religions and cultures), fixed definitions of the caste identity (at least among the majority of the crowd) is helping the caste hierarchy and caste differentiation to continue even after so many years of reservation. Without a change in the mindset, the creation of equal opportunities would remain a distant dream.

Some dreams I hold are….

  1. A society of innumerable differences/varieties/flavours, but opportunities available for all to pursue their dreams. (which means equal opportunities are not enough) — I know it is extremely difficult to actualize, at least let me dream…
  2. People possessing goals of life which are dynamic and evolving always. (Closer to Heideggerian thought). Pursuing such goals should give joy and meaning to the person, leading to greater expressions of creativity and life.

[When I wrote on identities (fixed to flexible), I will try to write the next entry on the movement from identities to differences. Difference has a special meaning in Deleuze. To be Contd…]

A Jesuit interested to think and write; Loves philosophy, spirituality, politics…. Believes in God & well-being of all humans… Open to difference & newness..

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