Signpostings

Relationships in a World of Individualism

  • rWorld

    The rWorld is about more than Dale Kuehne's book Sex and the iWorld.
    The rWorld is a New England based, non-profit (in formation), that is composed of a growing number of people and organizations from many faith and ideological backgrounds worldwide. We believe that much of the fulfillment for which women and men are looking can be found by enhancing the quality of our relationships. While the individual freedom we enjoy in the West is a gift, the love and intimacy for which humans yearn will not be found in self-serving materialism or hedonism, but in a variety of healthy relationships.

    Contact us if you'd like get involved:
    scr.im/rwld

  • Dale Kuehne

    Sex & the iWorld

    Professor of Politics and The Richard L. Bready Chair for Ethics, Economics, and the Common Good at Saint Anselm College, Manchester, NH.

    In this blog I'm highlighting signposts of the world in which we presently reside as a means of helping promote a civil, and meaningful dialogue about what kind of world in which we wish to live. I am particularly interested in exploring how might we reconcile the individual good and the common good, and where reconciliation isn’t possible, which should take precedence and why.

    I also blog at Sharewik.com

    [Content Caution]

Can You See The Real Me? Can You?

Posted by Dale Kuehne on March 1, 2011

In the United States we have such uncertainty about personal identity that we have decided to stop putting gender status on our passports.

The logical conclusion of the quest to discover personal identity in the iWorld is to live as though we can each discover who we are, ask friends and family to respect our decision, and expect the Government to recognize and legitimize our unique identity.

The approach sets us up for failure, and worse.

In its attempt to not offend, the government was compelled to create a neutered passport. (What are we going to say about ourselves in the next census?)

Neutering identity in the name of identity is none-sensical.

We can do better, and I consider how in my latest sharewik.com entry.

http://www.sharewik.com/blogs/item/to-be-or-not-to-be-that-is-the-secret

Is it me? For a moment
The stars are falling.
The heat is rising
The past is calling.

Dr. Jimmy by Pete Townshend from Quadrophenia (1974)

(Many thanks to Simon Fowler for his 30 day series examining relational living. We look forward to his next series)

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