I have heard so many commercials on the radio lately promising to protect me from "identity theft". Really, I need to pay a service to protect something inextricably linked to my very existence?
I realize that nasty little thieves may steal my credit cards, my cash, and possibly even commit crimes in my name. However, I do not need a social security number to have an identity, and if perverse perpetrators capture my 9 digits they have only robbed me of material and caused me severe frustration. The US Government did not assign me an identity, not even close.
None of us receive an identity from some sort of human sanctioned agency of "identification." By the definitions below our identification only serves in the verification of our identities. Yes, once again I will say that it is an awful crime to have one's identification stolen and it can indeed create suffering. However no person on this planet may steal what makes us who we are.
iden·ti·ty noun ī-ˈden-tə-tē, ə-, -ˈde-nə-
Definition of IDENTITY
a : sameness of essential or generic character in different instances
b : sameness in all that constitutes the objective reality of a thing : oneness
a : the distinguishing character or personality of an individual : individuality
b : the relation established by psychological identification
Now, I can certainly see where my identity over the years was a little vague. I know when my heart has been broken or when I have experienced loss I was not sure who I was in the metaphysical sense. However, I am pretty sure the immutable qualities we all share which are defined well in 1A above have never wavered.
This post is not intended in any way to downplay the victims of terrible thefts nor aggravate their suffering. I am simply saying the term is a fallacy and thank God for it. If someone could truly steal my identity then we would be in the realm of great comic book evil and/or ridiculous humor. Even then, in great fiction I have never seen it pondered that another might think and act in precise step to an individual. A Doppelganger by all physical accounts yet the thoughts if they misstep from one another for a fraction of second dispel the ruse.
As for Identical twins, this is scary close to having one's identity split or multiplied; however, in knowing a few of these amazing people in my life I am awed by their similarities and equally wowed that these Gemini are typically so vastly different in their thoughts, when they arrive and how they arise.
Thanks for playing today friends and rest assured that while your money will always be accessible and at risk, who you are remains safe and sound.