With jest what came to mind is that infamous quote of Colonel Jessep portrayed by Jack Nicholson in the film A Few Good Men . . . “You can't handle the truth!” I was thinking of me. I can only offer a little of a lot of pondering.
Firstly I agree with the question’s pursuit of ‘who’ & the questioning’s of ‘what’. It is a quandary. Next, I asked, “Who am I and What am I?” I can use science supported by mathematics to explain enough to fathom a good guess ‘what’ I am. I have to lean on myth, theology, and philosophy to do that with ‘who’. I ponder if I must be able to explain those both in order to answer for God.
At this juncture seeking some conclusion through pondering are these two resources I just now sought for review:
The first is interesting discussing the speed of darkness metaphorically the lack of knowledge. At the end is the science for the speed of ignorance.
The next link is a about a theory (Theory of Reciprocity) that includes discussion of how the universe came to be. It is philosophical, yet easy to understand language and concepts. It uses science and math for demonstration. It is ten typical online pages, so possibly lengthy when compared to a Hub. It includes discussion of:
What I propose next is a simple exercise. Some may have read my contributions to HP and possibly elsewhere. Here there is an avatar as a symbol for identification and this written contribution. That is my ‘I’ is shared. ‘I’ shared my ‘me’. There is evidence presented for this ‘self’.
At task is . . . is the awareness of that ‘I’ while ‘me’ remains still hidden. That can be pondered and realized with fathoming a good guess for ‘who’ and ‘what’ is me, yet really you don’t know ‘me’. Perhaps I am an old guy crackpot, a robot bot, or simply an entity of essence within existence.
Now substitute that with yourself or someone else. Next, then, is to ask to be conclusive for God with ‘who’ and ‘what’ does not one have to be conclusive as supportive evidence with me, you, or someone else first?
Can a leap be made that at some point there will be acknowledgement for who and what be that affirmation or denial? And, then acted upon with some measure of faith and trust? Or, simply acceptance for ‘who’ and ‘what’ I, you, or another is? Is that accompanied by a ‘will to believe'? I am stuck on that now to answer the question(s).