Still I'll riff a bit on the idea:
- Identity comes after we act.
- As I grow old, I discover more things about myself, as I reconsider my memories, including whether they can be trusted.
- Or maybe it's not "identity" but constructing the narrative of your life, like a childhood puzzle with a bunch of numbered dots on the page, where if you drew lines linking them in order you'd see a picture.
- Perhaps typically "American", focusing on action, the pragmatism of acting as if you believe, which creates belief.
“There is a line of Salman Rushdie’s, I think it’s an essay, where he says: our lives teach us who we are.| And I think that’s the case. It’s not that you have a set identity, it’s that by your actions you find out what sort of person you are. And the news is not always…lovely.” ]