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A Boy and His Voice

Who am I?

Wednesday, March 30, 2005

I was confused, I needed to know what I was good at and what I could do. I needed some answers. I posted this question on the msn as my nick. The quest to find out what I am good at became a journey of self-discovery instead. Friends and familys responded to my call of 'help'. My sister buzzed me over msn, telling me "you are who you are, you are who you want to be... you are my bro... Mr Lee Jyh Yeong". A friend buzzed me, telling me "you're yongie" and another, "you're either my bro or a piece of shit". As I gave some thought into it, I began to question my sister's definition of "Who am I?" Am I really who I am and who I want to be? I realised that who I am as a person, is being defined by how the other people sees me and the relationship I have with the other party. The idea is really simple: we are a reflection of our relationships with other people. E.g. Sam and I are best friends, hence I am his 'brother'. I belong to an institution called Curtin, hence I am a student. Basically, we're like an empty bottle. What the bottle will become will depend on what you put in. If you put in a flower, it's a vase; pour in water, it's a cup; fertiliser, pot. Now, if that's the case, then I foresee a problem. Can I really choose who I want to be? Of course, to a certain degree, I have the power of choosing who I want as friends and who I want a relationship (either friendship, mentorship, etc) with, but at other times, do we have a choice? Like the empty bottle, I want to be filled with knowledge, I want to learn, so that I can try and become what I want to be. In the future, I just want to be able to say that I am a copywriter/creative director, now the question is.. is anyone listening?

"And I am, whatever you say I am
If I wasn't, then why would you say I am?"

-Eminem: The Way I Am
posted by fuzk, 3:16 am


Doncha reckon the reliance on existing relationships to define who you are is too reactionary? There must be homeostasis. (Oh, bring out the discourse on cybernetics, yo. I kid.) Regardless of peoples' perceptions, you must stand by universal truths, anchoring principles and character attributes and these will set you apart, whether you are a "classmate" or someone else's "best friend", no?

And sweetheart, the metaphor of a vessel will make a terrific CV-campaign when you embark on a career in creatives. Let's talk shop!
commented by Anonymous Andrea, 3:24 pm  
Isn't being homeostasis being reactionary? There is a need to maintain an equilibrium because of what is happening outside.. so much so that we are.. reacting. no? Our characters, our principles sets us apart.. but what builds our characters and principles? It's the external environment isn't it? It's a case of asking.. does watching violent shows on TV causes one to be violent? Who then makes these violent shows? Us. Who wants to watch these shows. Us. So do we influence what's being shown on TV? or does TV show influence how we act?

Oh yes. Let's talk shop soon. I can't wait!
commented by Blogger fuzk, 4:10 pm  
How would homoestasis be reactionary? I believe the influence of the external environment can only affect perceptions, not cause paradigm shifts. The imperative question you should answer is: Does the media dictate the moves and shakes of society or is the media solely a reflection of society?

When do you wanna meet? You are my favourite Marmalde Pantry buddy and we have been postponing it for the longest time!
commented by Anonymous Andrea, 10:42 am  
According to yourdictionary.com, being homeostasis means (to have) "The ability or tendency of an organism or cell to maintain internal equilibrium by adjusting its physiological processes". For me, the keyword is "adjust". There is a need to adjust because there is a shift. Whether or not the external environment can only affect perceptions? I think not.. but we'll discuss this when we meet up. =)
I believe the media is a reflection of society, but at the same time, it has an enormous amount of power.. very much like an omnipresent opinion leader.

Oh yes. We should Marmalade Pantry soon. Maybe.. Next week? =)
commented by Blogger fuzk, 1:56 pm  
Ah, the nuances in semantics. We will take this offline when we Marmalade Pantry next week, yes. How goes Tuesday/Thursday?
commented by Anonymous Andrea, 12:02 pm  
Next week thurs probably.. got to check if i have class on tues. =)
commented by Blogger fuzk, 12:38 am  

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