Definition versus Identification

M.C.L.  Provost's picture

Are we who we say we are, or who others say we are?

This is a question I began raising at conference events in 2001 - the same question that little children instinctually ask - as there never is any one answer on which all agree.  

Sri Aurobindo Ghose and Mother Mirrah Alfassa spoke about the "mind of the cells" . . . topics of "Ancestral Memory" and "Intergenerational Memory" are raised in many fields across the Humanities, Social Sciences and Natural Sciences. . . .

As this is the never-ending question which elicits never-ending answers and attempts at definition and description that define us even as we define them, how does insufficiency of definition and description reflect the sufficiency of the "sense-of-Presence" in the face of denial of that same sense?

I am proposing addressing this from a Pacific-centric (Asia and America) perspective to complement the Atlantic-centric historical data and/or from a Central Asian view and welcome additional questions readers may see as beneficial.  

M.C.L. Provost