Definition of identity
2: the condition of being the same with something described or asserted
3a: sameness of essential or generic character in different instances
b: sameness in all that constitutes the objective reality of a thing : ONENESS
Definition of Society
1: companionship or association with one’s fellows : friendly or intimate intercourse : COMPANY
2: a voluntary association of individuals for common ends
especially : an organized group working together or periodically meeting because of common interests, beliefs, or profession
3a: an enduring and cooperating social group whose members have developed organized patterns of relationships through interaction with one another
b: a community, nation, or broad grouping of people having common traditions, institutions, and collective activities and interests
4a: a part of a community that is a unit distinguishable by particular aims or standards of living or conduct : a social circle or a group of social circles having a clearly marked identity
b: a part of the community that sets itself apart as a leisure class and that regards itself as the arbiter of fashion and manners
Whats the value of your Name?
Its a Name.
Bob is Bob and Bob is an individual.
If only Bob existed, the name Bob would have no meaning or value. If multiple people existed and Bob was the only Bob, the only person people would think of when someone says “Bob” would be Bob.
If there were multiple Bobs, we would identify the different Bobs with an additional identifier, Bob 1 and Bob 2 or maybe Bob Jones and Bob Roberts.
Because we don’t live in a perfect world, a murder is committed. A rumor starts to spread that Bob Roberts is the murderer.
Now Bob Roberts is in a lot of trouble, people keep saying he’s the murderer. We don’t know for sure, but Bob Roberts name keeps being associated with the Murder.
Now if you’re just hearing about Bob Roberts being a murder from us, the only thing you’ve ever heard puts him in the worst possible light.
Poor Bob, it would sure be good to be someone else right about now.
Your Name + Society
Our Society operates because we choose to be a known person (Bob Roberts) within a network of other known people. Having an identity within society gives the ability to hold you accountable to the Social Norms, Laws, or Culture that controls that Society.
We operate as known people, in a common system, agreeing to the rules and regulations of that system.
If we took Bob Roberts name from him and replaced it with Walter Scott and move the now named Walter Scott across the country, his problems would disappear, right?
Unfortunately for Walter Scott. We live in the Digital Age where communication is 24/7 and the access to information is nearly limitless.
Your Name = Data
The Digital Age has given us the ability to store information in a digital format. What you are looking at right now is a visual representation of data pumped through a computer system as strings of 0s and 1s.
Hi = 0110100001101001
Bob = 010000100110111101100010
Our names digitized can be copied and pasted like all files on a computer. Our modern world can broadcast the Name of Bob Roberts
But since we moved Bob Roberts to the other side of the map, the rumor of Bob Roberts never reached the people he is now surrounded by.