A young man went to the public baths. He undressed. With everybody unclothed everybody looked pretty much alike. Confused, he thought, “now when it is time to go home how will I know which one is me?” So he found a piece of red string and tied it round his right toe. Now he had a distinctive identity to who he was.
The problem was that as he continued bathing and showering the string fell off, and what was interesting is that another bather stepped on it and the red string adhered to his toe. And so when it came time to go home and took a look at his foot there was nothing there!
Then he noticed the red string on another bather a few feet away. He approached him and said “pardon me sir. I know who you are but can you tell me who I am?”
- A true identity is meaningless if it is given to us by someone else.
- Who or what is defining you?