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How would you answer the following question: "Why am I me?"?

Asked by Simone_De_Beauvoir (38951points) March 28th, 2009

What is the first thing you think about when asked that? What constitutes you? Is ‘I am therefore I am’ something you think about? or is it “I think therefore I am”? or something else

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MrKnowItAll's avatar

Because I think I’m me

PupnTaco's avatar

My first answer is, “I don’t know you well enough to answer.”

Simone_De_Beauvoir's avatar

well it’s not about me but about you
how would you answer that question about yourself

Simone_De_Beauvoir's avatar

what if someone else thinks they’re you?

ninjacolin's avatar

you are what you’ve experienced and learned up to this very moment.
you are your history.

(for example, you weren’t born with wings which is why you don’t fly. you weren’t born with different parents, which is why you have the parents that you do.)

Benny's avatar

Dumb luck. Or not.

YARNLADY's avatar

I cannot see the value of asking a question like that about myself. I’m not talking about your fluther question, which I consider to be valid It’s just not worth wasting my time asking myself that.

Simone_De_Beauvoir's avatar

how do you feel about defining yourself in terms of things you’re not?

ninjacolin's avatar

i feel it’s a rational process of elimination.
the conclusion of which, is you.

Simone_De_Beauvoir's avatar

well as long as that’s satisfactory, guess it’s okay
it’s not to me

alossforwords's avatar

I am the result of genetic code carried through the ages by thousands of men and women. After I was born, I became the result of my response to my environment and my social interaction with my family and society. I am me thanks to chance overcoming mathematical improbability.

Blondesjon's avatar

WHEW! glad the question wasn’t “why are you, you?”

ninjacolin's avatar

@Simone_De_Beauvoir i’m not a mass murderer. this doesn’t offend me.
i don’t see why it would be offensive to also admit that i’m not a gold medal winner, nor a champion pole dancer. nor the richest man in the world.. or any other perceived “good” thing.

alossforwords's avatar

Are there champion pole dancers?

ninjacolin's avatar

lol, probably.

I am me because of my unique course in history that no one else has had and necessarily for no other reason.

alossforwords's avatar

For those of you curious about the champion pole dancer:

ninjacolin's avatar

will you stop with the poll dancing! lol

@Blondesjon your answer “because” is just as good to me as alossforwords’ and mine.

“beCAUSE” refers to “causal necessity” and there always is a beCause for all our actions. :)

alossforwords's avatar

“Be careful what you pretend to be, because you are what you pretend to be.” -Vonnegut

Blondesjon's avatar

@ninjacolin…Maljanne ystäväni. :)

ninjacolin's avatar

nice, quote alossforwords!
you too, blondesjon! though i have no idea what that means

TheIowaCynic's avatar

Because genetics and your interaction with people and society made you what you are.

Bluefreedom's avatar

“Why Am I Me?”

Simply because somewhere, in the whole scheme of things in the known universe, unknown forces of incredible power created me out of cosmic dust and set me loose to make my own significant mark in my life and in the lives of others.

NaturalMineralWater's avatar

Because me am I.

gailcalled's avatar

Knowing me, I’d probably turn pedantic and say that it should be “Why am I I?” (That sounds just as inane as “Why am I me,” doesn’t it?)

gailcalled's avatar

@Blondesjon,:Well there go my plans for this evening. Half a tick.

Harp's avatar

I am a story that this brain has written in the first person, nothing more.

gailcalled's avatar

@Blondesjon: Se on helppoa. Kiitos

Find a language with no diacritical marks. The ¨ is a clue.

arnbev959's avatar

Right now I’m “me” because I’m sitting in front of the computer Fluthering. Right now I’m petethepothead. I’ve built “who I am” on Fluther as an offshoot of a previous me.

Later I’ll pick my sister up from the play she’s attending right now, and then I’ll be someone else. Sure, there’s quite a bit of overlap, but there are some big differences as well.

After I pick up my sister I’ll go on the computer for a while longer, and be petethepothead for a bit. Then I’ll go to bed and wake up someone else.

_bob's avatar

Because if I weren’t, I’d be some other dude, and I just can’t live without me.

crisw's avatar

Because of genetics combined with the sum total of interactions and experiences in my left.

gailcalled's avatar

@crisw : What about in your right?

crisw's avatar


Ooops! :>D

My life.


wundayatta's avatar

All my experiences since I was in the womb, with a little life from my genes, as messed around with by my environment.

My nine-year-old son just asked me this yesterday, so I had my answer all ready!

augustlan's avatar

I am who I am due to the confluence of genes, experiences (good and bad), and intent. My past informs my future, as much for what I don’t want as what I do.

cookieman's avatar

Because if I was you, it would be akward.

Simone_De_Beauvoir's avatar

it’s interesting to me how many people combine something biological with something else…genetics specifically

Simone_De_Beauvoir's avatar

I just didn’t expect people to think about their genes first, that’s all

crisw's avatar

Not expect us evolutionist atheist biology geeks to think about genes? Why,. I never! :>D

Benny's avatar

@crisw Well, in my case I’m just a mutation.

The_Compassionate_Heretic's avatar

Because of what I’ve learned, what I’ve experienced and what I strive to be

TitsMcGhee's avatar

Watch I <3 Huckabees. It will explain everything.

dynamicduo's avatar

I would answer it as:

“I am me because I choose to be.”

Jeruba's avatar

Because of my memory.

arnbev959's avatar

I just looked at my drivers license while fluthering. It creeped me out. My “fluther me” is a blue jellyfish. It was strange to see a different me while I’m supposed to be someone else.

JeanPaulSartre's avatar

because I took a chance

Nially_Bob's avatar

I am me because I cannot be anything else

bea2345's avatar

I know I’m me because I couldn’t be anybody else. That’s rather circular, isn’t it?

fremen_warrior's avatar

There is no “me” per se, I am pure awareness often experiencing life as if there actually were a “self” – there isn’t one now, is there? If you think about it there is nothing “inside” that defines a concrete you since even our memories are often distorted to say the least. ‘Why am I me?’ you ask? I’d say the more important question is: “Who is asking?” :-)

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