Identity: Anchoring Truth or Manipulating Mass Metamorphosis?
Metamorphosis is defined as: “A passing from one form or shape into another; complete transformation of character, purpose, circumstances, structure or function.”
“Who am I?”
Beyond the obvious needs for identification verification– progressively catalyzed by Voter fraud, porous national borders, illegal immigration, and cyberhacking etc. etc. is the foundational need for each individual to identify with someone or something.
Identity is defined as: “The state of being exactly that which has been claimed, asserted, or described. The distinctive character belonging to an individual.”
Identify is defined as: “To serve as a means of identification; To join or associate in interest, action and usually with.”
Identity, identifying, and identification have the power to anchor and to conserve; or to convulse and to catapult masses to catastrophic chaos, delusion and devastation.
Our identity provides our anchor to our family, our faith, our principles, and perceived purposes. Identity shapes our perspectives, empowers our actions, restrains our passions, stabilizes our present, and inspires our future.
At the center of every human soul is the need to know and be known –to identify and be identified with something or Someone, bigger than one’s self.
Sports fans who identify with a certain team, will brand themselves, travel hours, line up like cattle, sit in the pouring rain, the freezing wind, and spend millions to prove their identification with their team and gain camaraderie with others of their clan.
The pull of the herd is strong.
Every parent of an adopted child knows or needs to know, that their adopted son or daughter, longs to identify, to know what their biological heritage looks like, their genetic identity and their history. In fact, it is recognized that adopted children usually do not feel fully connected in their own identity, until they have married and given birth to their own child.
Every Jewish individual receiving mentoring is instilled with a sense of identity. Orthodox Jews literally see themselves as standing at Mount Sinai receiving the Decalogue written by The Hand of God.
“There are a whole series of qualities and attributes related to G-d which the human being learns to aspire to. The individual is asked to act in the image of G-d as stated:
G-d made man in His image.
This image becomes rationale for identification with characteristics that are attributed to the image of G-d.
The process of identification has a strong cognitive component because the nature of attributes and qualities must be defined in order to make a deliberate choice as to the model for identification.”
Professor Reuven Feuerstein (1921-2014)
Children of broken families, divorce, out of wedlock birth, or abandonment, are easy prey for community organizers, charismatic leaders, politicians, gangs, social media networks, and Government Education implanting ideologies, hopes, promises, presumptions, and causes, that offer a unified purpose around which to identify and upload an identity.
“ Data indicate that 40.7 percent of all 2012 births were out-of-wedlock.
Among non-Hispanic blacks, the figure is highest, at 72.2 percent; for American Indians/Alaska Natives, it’s 66.9 percent; 53.5 percent for Hispanics; 29.4 percent for non-Hispanic whites; and a mere 17.1 percent for Asians/Pacific Islanders.”*
Today, one-third of American children – a total of 15 million – are being raised without a father. Nearly five million more children live without a mother. The number of children living in single-parent homes has nearly doubled since 1960, according to data from the 2010 Census. **
Illegitimacy is the largest contributor to nearly all the societal pathologies that lead people to fall prey to dependency on government and its Pandora of programs, agencies, and initiatives linked “nonprofits” and government-linked private sector contractors– all acting as gods redistributing other peoples’ money creating more crises to ensure their own “job security.”
Holocausts of War, Pestilence, and mass genocides, religious and ethnic cleansing crusades yield inestimable numbers of living victims whose identities are fractured, fragmented, forsaken or eliminated. But, never forgotten.
All of these disconnected children, youth and adults are vulnerable to a political or spiritual leader; a Napoleon, Marx, Lenin, Mussolini, Franco, Stalin, Hitler, Mao or even a Wilson, Roosevelt, Johnson or a leader who offers hope, change, purpose or security for disenfranchised, traumatized, shepherdless sheep.
Yet, at a time when children, youth, citizens and immigrants, are desperate for identifying with American Exceptionalism, based upon her founding Truths– the Government controlled Education system, Administration and media are ubiquitously providing ideologies to undermine, shame, and demean anyone who would identify with America, her history and her future as a sovereign nation under God.
Nationalism has lost its appeal in the eyes of many government educated youth; Youth who would have anchored themselves to America’s rich heritage of Faith, Family, Liberty and Virtuous Intellectual and entrepreneurial prosperity.
Instead,– youth are fed a fodder of globalism, environmentalism, tolerance, sexual hedonism, social equality, shame, blame, guilt and self-deprecation, penance for being “American.”
Anyone viewing Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s speech to the UN General Assembly on September 29,2014 grasped the significance of having a steadfast grasp of one’s identity. The leader of the free world, and The people of Israel, know who they are and Whose they are. They are not embarrassed about their heritage and they will pay the cost of Liberty under God.
One must ask:
Do Christians in America today, know Whose they are?
Do American Christians identify with Christ?
If so, why are they bowing? Why do so many who claim to be Christians remain as conduits promoting destructive ideologies, implementing dependent-laden policies, and immoral practices to those under their influence via their cubicles, classrooms, podiums, platforms, administrative and social positions?
Perhaps, it is time for an identity check for us all.
We can no longer feign ignorance of what is being promoted by government bureaucracies, administrators, agencies, etc. in Education, Healthcare, Entitlement, Entertainment and social media etc. and funded by American taxpayers –ubiquitously flooding our minds, souls and our land–and under our watch.
There is no plausible deniability regarding Truth.
Only those who deny acting upon it…questioning their very identity.
People will sit under the rain, sleet, and snow attempting to escape reality…
It costs to Identify with a sports team or as God’s child. Those in the Middle East, The Far East, and Africa clearly identify with this Truth. The East is moving West…and our Choice has come.
“America the Beautiful”
May it always stay that way—
But to keep “OLD GLORY” flying,
There’s a price that we must pay…
For everything worth having,
Demands work and sacrifice,
And LIBERTY is a GIFT from GOD
That commands the HIGHEST PRICE.
For all our wealth and “progress”
Are as worthless as can be
With out the FAITH that made us great
And kept our country Free.
It’s Time To Choose.
This will be a multiple-choice test:
Where do you clarify your identity?
(c) voting booth
(f) social media
(i) tax deductions
(j) when convenient
(k) when no one’s looking.
(l) Standing with Israel
(m) on the job
(n) pleading for mercy because I bowed: rationalized my bowing because my pension depends on it…because I work for the government….because I’m just following orders….
Just what Hitler’s officers and the churches in Germany said too.
They had metamorphed, — transformed in character, purpose, circumstance, structure and function; metamorphed to functioning as functionaries of Holocaust.
o) Oh, no….none of the above
y) Yes, all of the above, all the time.
Biblical and Talmudic Antecedents of Mediated Learning Experience Theory by Shmuel Feuerstein, Reuven Feuerstein, Yaacov Rand
http://www.icelp.info/ The Feuerstein Institute in Israel
http://www.cwfpac.com Gary Bauer’s Campaign for Working Families