Here is a thoughtful entry on the idea of “identity” that so captures my imagination. If you have time, let me encourage you to watch the Timothy Keller lecture on “Identity.” He keenly articulates the dynamic of how identity is discerned. Enjoy.
If you’ve grown up in America–or even if you’ve just had America imported to you via media and pop culture–the air you breathe with respect to identity and purpose is something along the lines of “be who you want to be,” “follow your dreams,” “find yourself,” “don’t let anyone get in the way of your dreams.”
Every Disney movie ever has this sort of message. Take Frozen and its triumphant anthem known word-for-word by millions of girls all over the world: It’s time to see what I can do, to test the limits and break through. No right, no wrong, no rules for me. I’m free!
Or consider this similar anthem from The Sound of Music:
Climb every mountain, Ford every stream, Follow every rainbow, ‘Till you find your dream.
These songs are symptomatic of the supposedly encouraging, empowering, freeing grid of identity-formation which has been imposed upon us by Hollywood and western pop culture. It’s a…
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