What Are We Without Identities — What We are

Devshree Tiwari
3 min readAug 4, 2021


One exists without the other.

In a system there are various components. To study the system, we examine one component at a time. We learn about the components by classifying the variations then comparing their physiology. We group and label the components for better understanding. The variety of components completes the structure of a system. The system is perceived only through variety but it is always uniform.

When there is more than one system, each system becomes a component. To analyze we must differentiate and integrate at right proportion quantifying and identifying right entities. The variety multiplies as we proceed. We need to keep focus on all the layers as they unfold. Our purpose is to establish the uniformity of the system wading through the mass of variations. We keep classifying and labelling to keep our study coherent. When a system is a component, it is complex but still one system.

Understanding a system is necessary for subsistence. How well we comprehend our environment assesses how well we live. All understandings follow a circular path. Starting from the sense perception it winds back to the object instilling a contextual relevance or ignorance. The winding process spiraling through many different steps of analysis reaches the same spot — the uniformity. When we get stuck in one of the steps, the orientation gets polarized. If you do not understand what I am referring to, you can directly experience it right now. Close your eyes and meditate on your name for ten seconds. Only ten seconds! It would suffice. You can meditate for longer if you wish. And then come back…

How do you feel now? You wandered in the familiarity trying to reach a uniformity. Starting from the oblivious what-you-are, you reached the familiar name assigned to that very what and came back to the oblivion. You were at one end of a polarity trying to balance your stance by struggling to be at the other end simultaneously, which is absurd. The name, your most immediate identity, can show you the absurdity of subjective identification. The polarity between ‘what I am’ and my name expands into the polarity between they and us.

The classification of components to understand a system is the first step of understanding. The next is to label the parts to recognize. Without knowing the parts, we can’t proceed. To recognize we create identities. The very nature of identity is objective. However, when identity is rationalized as being, everything gets so onerously complicated that we relinquish the understanding. The dichotomy is the farthest we reach in the circular path of establishing uniformity. The outcome of this dissected reality is a dissected world of identities.

We see, talk and comprehend only in identities. Identification, a transient part of the process, takes a corporeal avatar. No matter how hard we try to preserve it by delusions, its transience is its only reality. Tormented by the variability, we keep running away from the process that has now been clogged. When this mess surfaces, we try to burry our head in our identities blaming our diversity. We are fortunate to live in a complex system that supports us for all our choices. And we exploit this grace to its limits.

I implore you to not give up on understanding. To get out of this dissected reality we need to keep moving. To complete the circle of establishing uniformity, we must adjust our vision (yes, it’s adjustable). We can begin from wherever we are. I know it’s a clogged nowhere but if we observe and understand we can unclog it. There is no need to rush. There is no need to struggle.

It’s time to review our need for identities. There was (and is) a need to create them but obviously no need to cling on to them. What has been given to us is ours to use, so let’s make the right use of our identities by moving beyond them. Let’s not float on the transient surface of identities and be swept away but swim deep in the one ocean to unclog all the conflicts of yore, inside out.

Doesn’t matter who dissected the world, we can suture it back to uniformity.