Language does limit comprehension sometimes. And the more we communicate, the more we rely on ‘key words’ as a means of speedier communication. And so the more we tend to define and therefore confine things into narrower and narrower meanings. So what do we mean by identity crisis ? Have I ever been without one in my whole life ? I am still unable to define myself, and am still trying to understand who I am, and why I am. I guess I take that as a positive – as long as I am searching for my identity, as long as I am yearning for something that I can identify myself as, so long will I keep searching for that part of me that exists eternally. And has always existed. Wonderful how I am able to escape the psychological definition and escape into the mythic one !
Yet, I ask myself, is it not an identity crisis that could also force young people into fundamentalism ? The near panic of trying to find your own sense of individuality in a world that is moving more and more into confusing globalization. Where what is on offer and almost within grasp seems forever unachievable. So just as I am escaping the psychological identity crisis ( I applaud myself for being a global citizen too), by exploring the mythological one, the young Muslim fundamentalist is also being offered a mythological alternative if he is willing to be a suicide bomber. Or the Hindu fundamentalist or Christian fundamentalist for that matter. And beyond that there is the offer of the mythology of consumerism too – a fever that seems to be gripping the young people all over the world. Ultimately cricket is an escape into mythology, stars and pop stars become mythic figures too.
Identity crisis. How would the world be without it ?