like that fish walking up on land for the first time, has landed for me
in two distinct iterations.
I've experienced two major
in this conversation I've been in with him for twenty eight years.
The first is distinguishing
is my answer to the question "What am I?".
The second is distinguishing
(ie my speaking)" is my answer to the question
"Who am I?".
Getting the answer to a powerful question, isn't necessarily a good
idea if the answer is definitive and final. Why stop at
one answer? A question is really powerful if
it generates lots and lots and LOTS of answers. Having
said that, for the purposes of this conversation
as the answer to the question "What am I?", and
as the answer to the question
"Who am I?",
good enough for jazz.
The very sense of the abstract noun
(replete with its embodiment of the root verb
implies a shift of something, a shift of
state if you will. I assert that when human beings are
(that is to say, when human beings
their lives), the shift of state is twofold:
the difference between what we are and
who we are,
is blurred. It's also likely that prior to
the distinction distinction isn't distinguished yet, and
it's more than likely that's not yet known either. Prior
we know ourselves as our names, as what we do for a living, as our
nationality ie in the colloquial sense, as our
we know ourselves as the
originally articulated, the space) in which the events of
our lives occur. In other
our lives, our sense of what we are shifts from a
content of our lives, to the
for our lives.
(the second iteration of
creatingwho I am
ie living as
my wordcoming from being what I
or, from a slightly different cut, as possibility. In answer to the
"Who are you?",
an untransformed person may say "I'm (firstname) (lastname).". A
person may say "I'm the possibility of communication, transformation,
and freedom" - or whomever they discover themselves to be.
It doesn't end there. If
who we are
then by declaring "I'm the possibility of communication", we
an opening for communication. Conversely, without the declaration "I'm
the possibility of communication", there's no possibility of
communication ... if who we are is
first brought forth
like that fish walking up on land for the first time, it was a
of epic, evolutionary proportions for living and for Life itself,
especially when along with that fish walking up on land for the first
and eagles like a possibility.
Then something even more astonishing happened, something infinitely
more awesome: that walking fish started speaking. Since then,
anything's become possible.