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Who Do We Choose To Be? by Margaret J. Wheatley

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IDENTITY: FACING REALITY

Identity Then and Now

The importance of identity as an organizing dynamic for people and all living beings cannot be overemphasized. It always has and forever will be the basis for how we define ourselves as individuals and societies, the choices we make, the things we attend to, the behaviors we manifest. So it’s important to look at how identity has functioned over time into our present day.

Traditionally, cultures defined identity. Who you were, what you thought, what you did were predetermined by where you were born. Identity was never a personal choice. The community raised you with a clear moral sense of right and wrong and gave you a set of beliefs, expectations, and ways of living that bound you to the group with ...

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