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lazydaisy's avatar

Who are you?

Asked by lazydaisy (1500points) March 3rd, 2010

…..and why does that matter?

A few years back I attended a seminar where this question was asked of all the attendees. It seemed blunt to me, almost to the point of almost being rude. Awkward. Really, as the speaker explained, he was trying to get us to understand that everyone has value and impacts others. Positively or negatively.

So…....who are you and why does that matter?

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mrentropy's avatar

I’m just some guy. It don’t matter. I like your avatar, though.

Pseudonym's avatar

who who? who who?

bhec10's avatar

I’m a douche.

Pseudonym's avatar

I really wanna know!

Pseudonym's avatar

come on, tell me who are you? who? who? aaaahhh who are you?

Jude's avatar

@Pseudonym Tell me, who are you? (Who are you? Who, who, who, who?)

Jude's avatar

@Pseudonym crazy thing. I woke up in a Soho doorway..a policeman knew my name.

Trillian's avatar

The question may point to the idea of what we use to identify ourselves. It is a matter of corporate acceptance in our society that we identify ourselves by what we do for a living. “I’m a doctor”, “I’m a teacher”’ “I’m a stay at home mom”.
From this perspective are we judged and measured. We no longer are allowed to think of ourselves as “Who we are” so much as “What we do”.
We are indeed judged by what we can contribute and what we have. I’d jump into this really deeply, but I have a headache and have some reading to do. I’ll keep an eye on this thread.

iseewavesinme's avatar

i’m just a little girl lost in the moment, i’m so scared but i don’t show it

Blackberry's avatar

I’m a male human.

DominicX's avatar

You should see the Adam Sandler movie “Anger Management”. In the beginning he’s in the AM class and the guy asks him “tell us who you are” and nothing he says is good enough and he ends up getting angry again. :P

I believe the question is very awkward because there is no one right way to answer it. The dialogue from the movie was right on:

Nicholson: “Tell us about yourself, who are you?”
Sandler: “Well, I’m an executive assistant with a major pet products company…”
Nicholson: “I don’t want you to tell us what you do, I want you to tell us who you are.”
Sandler: “Oh, alright. I’m a pretty good guy; I play tennis on occasion…”
Nicholson: “Also, not your hobbies, just simple, tell us who you are.”
Sandler: “I might be a bit indecisive at times…”
Nicholson: “Now you’re describing your personality. I just want to know who you are.”
Sandler: “I don’t know what the hell you want me to say!”

It’s a stupid question. Everyone has their own idea of “who they are” and it can’t be defined by one thing. Some people have accused me of defining myself as my sexuality, but that’s just one part of me. Being male, being Russian, being blond, being sensitive, being interested in linguistics, all those things make up who I am (both physical and non-physical) and I can’t just put it in one phrase or pick one thing that defines who I am. Everything about me is who I am.

Master's avatar

Your secret admirer!

Ansible1's avatar

I am a meat popsicle

Bluefreedom's avatar

I’m Batman

Jude's avatar

“He said “You can go sleep at home tonight
If you can get up and walk away”

<<air guitar>>

Neizvestnaya's avatar

I’m a work in progress, a person with a big picture and the road there is ever changing. I do the best I can for myself while trying to do the least amount of harm to others as I make my way. Many times I feel I live in and am a creature of the gray areas.

talljasperman's avatar

I am what I am not

ChaosCross's avatar

A fine gentleman who just came for some tea.

Your_Majesty's avatar

I’m the way I’m. There’s no point to define who each other are.

PacificRimjob's avatar

An uncaptured serial killer from the San Francisco area.

RealEyesRealizeRealLies's avatar

The wind in your sail, the tart in your tea.
The tears that you wail, that’s who I will be.
My yang is your yin, I thought you should know.
A saint for your sin, when others would go.

What does it matter, why should you care?
I’ll tell you the latter, the former I’ll share.
My who is the you, the who I can be.
You’ve given no less, you’ve done that for me.

TehRoflMobile's avatar

My name is Michael!

MrsDufresne's avatar

From my profile:

“I am Jenna
I am a wife, a daughter, a sister, a mom to three furry children (Brewster, Mouser, and Harry), and a cancer survivor.”

I am a singer.
I am a human woman.
I am a person that is thankful for life.

Why does it matter?

Because maybe, possibly, hopefully, I can make the world a better place for someone, somehow, someday.

eLenaLicious's avatar

that’s for me to know, and for you to never find out…

whothei0's avatar

i think therefor i am
if i am then i am important
if i am important then some one must care
if no one cared then i would not be

i think therefore i am important (maybe not to you)

rebbel's avatar

Nobody is perfetc. I am nobody.

Rarebear's avatar

I’m Benny.

XOIIO's avatar

Just a traveller, a long way from home.

Anyone know who I’m quoting?

Just_some_guy's avatar

@mrentropy I am just_some_guy too
I feel think this a nearly impossible question to answer. My reason for this thinking is that people lie to themselves constantly. Even if it is not on purpose.
To me I am a father, a friend, and probably the best ex-husband a woman could ask for. I can say a few of the things I value. Morality, spirituality, Intelligence, among other things. I think In the end I am Love and compassion mixed with a desire to learn and expand.

wundayatta's avatar

The answer to this question depends on what you want to learn about the person. I will ask this, privately, to someone I know very little about. I want them to interpret the question how ever they want. I’m hoping they will tell me the parts of themselves that are most prominent at the time. Sometimes it might be work. Other times family. It might be an interest or an art or a pastime.

Who am I? I am the question answerer.

ratboy's avatar

I’m not the man I used to be.

davidbetterman's avatar

@lucillelucillelucille “Keith Moon? ;)”

I loved you in Quadrophenia at the L.A. Forum!

Facade's avatar

I’m the woman who bakes cookies every night and then complains about gaining weight.

tinyfaery's avatar

@Facade You sound like my wife.

Facade's avatar

@tinyfaery Your wife sounds lovely =)

mattbrowne's avatar

I’m the idea man.

lazydaisy's avatar

hmmm lots of Who and Popeye fans, apparently.

@Master really?
@PacificRimjob yikes!
@RealEyesRealizeRealLies niiiiiiiice!
@Rarebear Hi Benny!

downtide's avatar

I am myself. There is no other word with which to correctly answer that question.

ZEPHYRA's avatar

I am, therefore I think!?!?!?!?!?!

whothei0's avatar

i think therefore i am comes from Rene Descartes

RealEyesRealizeRealLies's avatar

“I am” comes from the biblical Old Testament. It is God’s answer to Moses of this very question… “Who are you”?

My thesis is based upon depicting God as a being of pure immaterial thought, and so it follows, that “I think” and “I am” are synonymous expressions, one in the same. The phrase “I am therefor I think” is just as valid as “I think therefor I am”.

“I am” will get the point across just fine.

davidbetterman's avatar

“I think, therefore I am,” is completely different from “I am, therefore I think.”

In the former, the very act of thinking brings about a person’s very being.
In the latter, your very being causes you to think.

They are both valid, but they are not synonymous.

It is somewhat akin to the chicken and the egg, only very very different.

RealEyesRealizeRealLies's avatar

If we agree that both are valid statements, then does it not follow that one cannot happen without the other?

“I think” presupposes an “I am” to do the thinking.

“I am” presupposes a “thinker” to make the claim.

Making both claims in a single phrase is redundant, unwarranted, and quite unnecessary.

Either claim can stand on its own and refer to the same essence of being.

davidbetterman's avatar

I am sure Descartes would dis agree with you.

Yes, ”“I think” presupposes an “I am” to do the thinking.”

However, just presupposing a thinker, does not necessarily mean any rational thought is taking place, ergo the 2nd sentence is not always true.

Either claim can stand on its own, but they do not refer to the same essence of being.

RealEyesRealizeRealLies's avatar

But what if that Being, and Essence of Being, and Thought, and Thinker, were the very same agents.

My point is, that a God (an “I am”), would be the one reality that contradicts the notion that
“The Medium is not the Message”

God would thus be the only agent in existence where “The Medium IS the Message”

davidbetterman's avatar

Well that’s different. You should have said this was point way back when. Of course in that case, you are completely right.

RealEyesRealizeRealLies's avatar

See above…
“My thesis is based upon depicting God as a being of pure immaterial thought, and so it follows…”

And so it follows… but it’s still hard to swallow

It’s difficult to even express these notions. Our language breaks down when discussing this matter… because, it is not matter we’re discussing.

catinthehat's avatar

Who am I?

Depends…who’s asking & for what purpose?

The answer changes w/the winds & my moods….....

XOIIO's avatar

I DONT KNOW!
(weeps)

Man, I was hoping someone would have gotten my previous answer.

RealEyesRealizeRealLies's avatar

Who is the “I” that doesn’t know who you are?

was previous answer… uh… Peter Frampton?

XOIIO's avatar

Lol nope, The Doctor.

whothei0's avatar

and for all this time i thought you were a dalek.

catinthehat's avatar

Well, one thing’s for sure: I’m not you.

lazydaisy's avatar

@catinthehat:
are you sure you’re sure?

gondwanalon's avatar

I just watched the movie “Flight” with Denzel Washington. At the end of the movie the son asked his father “Who are you”? Some people may point to their profession or other activities to define who they are. But if that is true then who you are changes through time. For example a high school student then a college student then a soldier, then a CEO then a senior citizen. But I think that who you really are doesn’t change much.

Who am I? In a nutshell I’ve always been a struggler who seems to have unlimited perseverance and determination with a true love hard monotonous hard work and nature. I’m an introverted master of mediocrity who knows a little bit about everything and a lot about nothing.

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