Self-Identity Essay

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Who Am I? As people journey through their lives they often find themselves looking back reflecting on everything that has transpired throughout time. As we try to make sense of it all we often ponder who we are, and why things happen. As time goes by and I reflect on my life I can remember times where I acted differently then I do now, and had a different approach to life. Am I still the same person today as I was then? Has time passing simply allowed for more experiences to shape who I am? Has every moment in my life just been cause and effect of various perceptions that flow together seamlessly as each one influences how I'll behave making me nothing more than a product of my environment? One thing I can be certain of is I have a unique set experiences/memories that only I truly know and that is what gives me my personal-identity since they are known solely to me. What is self-identity really? John Locke and David Hume both put a lot of time and thought into this as they tried to understand what differentiated people from one another. Both Hume and Locke had similar opinions when it came to how we obtain knowledge. Both of them believed nothing was innate within mankind, but rather knowledge was obtained through experience. Locke believed all ideas came from sensation or reflection. This means when we come into this world different sensations are constantly invading our brain through our senses and these lead to thoughts/ideas. As we age we start to reflect on the past sensations and this is how all knowledge is derived. As John Locke said “In time the mind comes to reflect on its own operations about the ideas gotten by sensation and in this way stores itself with a new set of ideas, which I call ideas of reflection. These are the impressions that are made on our senses by outward objects that are extrinsic to the mind and its own operations,
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