DNA

 

May 6, 2074

 

One question, of course, is whether we—my code partner of choice and I will remain the same person, which shouldn’t be such a difficult question to answer.  And yet, it is strangely complicated by the lack of any wholly reliable definitions of “person.”  Oxford lists the definition as “a human being regarded as an individual,”  which sounds rather wishy-washy, or downright ambiguous.  As for Identity, according to Webster’s, that term is defined as “the fact of being who or what a person or thing is.”  So if I call myself something, does that not mean I am it?  Individual:  “a single human being as distinct from a group, class, or family.”  Indeed!  One apple is distinct from a dozen apples.  Does not that definition have to do solely with number?  I have delved lightly and selectively into psychological literature for further guidance and have so far come up with the following results.  Personality:  “The unique psychological qualities of an individual that influence a variety of characteristic behavior patterns (both overt and covert) across different situations and over time.”  But can these not be replicated? 


I have reinvented myself before.  How many times?  At least three.  Each had its own degree of success, but none was entirely successful or satisfying because there came a point in the process when I was still...how do I say it...when I was still, well, for lack of a better term, myself.  I have to assume that in judging each of these experiments somehow unsatisfactory, I am from a negative if not from a positive standpoint affirming the fact that I have a self.  But cannot that self change?  Is it not malleable?  Why should it always be the same, particularly if I so desire to change it?


May 8, 2075