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An Odd Question: Who Are You?

Updated on December 20, 2014

Not many people have asked me “Who Are You?” but several have and each time, I thought it was one of the most unfitting questions to ask. Luckily I saw their Intent hence, I knew why they were asking the question and with that in mind, I always played with my answer. To a couple of people I just responded by sending them a song: “I am a Song”. Yes, I like that.

I am not Mr. Happy. I am not Canadian. I am not Romanian. I am not Male. I am not even Human. So, how can I answer a human question which goes beyond what is human? I think it is a next to impossible task. That is why in a way, I find the question unfair. It really goes beyond human intelligence and ability of expression to fully answer that question.

When I write an email, or sign a note, I generally end-off with “I”. Then, in parenthesis, next to the “I”, I write a few labels. People like labels. I guess we have to, to a certain extent because we live in a relational world, in this three dimensional perspective. So, we label things and understand them in comparison with others “labels”. We assume many things, make-up theories and many people believe things are a certain way, or another.

I myself Profile; I read people according to the patterns they engage in; it is a hobby of sorts. Thus, I also use labels, patterns, etc. They are useful to a certain degree but I stop short of categorically labelling myself and others. If I label myself, I put myself into a pattern/category and I just simply do not fit into any one, or two, or any other number of categories. I am in constant change and transformation – I break patterns, labels and perception.

I am quite inexplicable in my totality. I suppose I can say I am “God” but that can sound like a serious case of megalomania and I like to stay clear of such patterns. In the Human Body and with just Human Perception we cannot understand and explain everything. We do ourselves disfavours by putting too much effort in trying to explain the inexplicable.

When I say, or write “I”, I have in mind Silence. Just pure Silence and I call it: “the Silence older than Time”. I am before Time, after Time; I am irrespective of Time and next time someone asks me that question I think I’ll answer them with that (“the Silence older than Time”), just to see their reaction.

Maybe it is because we seek simple answers that we are so quick in labelling others, or maybe it is because we are so quick to believe what others say, that we believe in labels. Either way, it does us little good in my opinion. It’s hard to have labels with Beings, when things change so much and so quickly. Labels just are not enough, they are too rigid.

So, let’s just say that we don’t know who we truly are, or at least that we cannot explain what/who we really are. Our language is just not enough to portray/express Spiritual awareness in its totality. I would say that is a more honest way of looking at things and also liberating. Why limit ourselves to Being Human? We’re more than just Humans.

Cheers and Happy Holidays to everyone!

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    • Mr. Happy profile imageAUTHOR

      Mr. Happy 

      2 months ago from Toronto, Canada

      "Well whatever. I don't really need a wife, children, lots of friends, some steady job I'd hate, and ten thousand trendy and planned to be obsolete possessions." - Well, now You can say You have a bunch of things in common with a stubborn socialist. Haha!! I got love for You Amigo!

      "English is expanding, always, with all the new things discovered or named" - Many new species discovered get Latin names. Isn't that strange? Latin, my ancestral language is still used. : )

      "Often communication just fails. It fails because the sender isn't able to express things in a context the receiver can properly cipher." - Brilliant observation!

      Another gem of an observation: " Maybe it is why the ancient wisdom says it is best to be quick to listen and slow to speak."

      "Certainly I'm more than some lump of molecules, some ghost of a spirit, and passing through time and space producing things which must be put under the ground somewhere so as to get it the furthest removed from me and us." - Yes, we are more than that. It takes a lot of searching and inner-digging, from my experience to get even partial answers to such issues.

      I appreciate your comments - thank You for passing by. Cheers!

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      Wesman Todd Shaw 

      2 months ago from Kaufman, Texas

      I've more and more of late referred to myself as not human, but sometimes pretending to be. Being a straight white Christian sort of person in Texas, I've also got at least one foot very firmly planted in a stereotype.

      I like the stereotype, by the way, and the reason I sometimes wonder if I'm even supposed to be here as a member of the Human species is that I'm really not able to be half the things implied in the aforementioned stereotype, and some of those are the things most common to humans from wherever they may be.

      Well whatever. I don't really need a wife, children, lots of friends, some steady job I'd hate, and ten thousand trendy and planned to be obsolete possessions.

      I mean, shit, if I owned a cell phone, I'd have all the people I don't want to talk to asking me to assist them with things I certainly could; and probably none of the persons I do want to talk with.

      I'm not multilingual, but I would think English is as good as it gets. At least in the western and super developed world. Mandarin, of course, is the most spoken language.

      English is expanding, always, with all the new things discovered or named, and new hip phrases which will either live for a few years and die, or pass into a much longer standing lexicon. And people will forget where the phrase came from, and all the context that birthed it.

      But never mind all of that. Supposedly women are much better at expressing themselves. I'm not at all sure that is true. I'm always writing online, trying to communicate. Often communication just fails. It fails because the sender isn't able to express things in a context the receiver can properly cipher. This isn't the fault of the sender. Sometimes the receiver is just young, and thinks mass media defines what is or is not, or how things should be.

      Probably this sort of thing is universal. Maybe it is why the ancient wisdom says it is best to be quick to listen and slow to speak.

      Being human isn't especially wonderful. You know you aren't really a human when you have to do nasty human things. You have to remove the waste from your body. It's aesthetically disgusting. Is this me? This comes out of me? Certainly I'm more than some lump of molecules, some ghost of a spirit, and passing through time and space producing things which must be put under the ground somewhere so as to get it the furthest removed from me and us.

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      Mr. Happy 

      2 months ago from Toronto, Canada

      Thank You kindly for passing by Mr. Lee.

      Indeed: "Most people are proud of who they are." I am not here on Hubpages to show anyone how proud I am of myself. I have an article posted many years ago, titled: "No Face, No Name, No History".

      I explained in that article that I would like people to focus on ideas and not on egos. I enjoy debating ideas and do not wish to entangle too much into very personal issues (unless it is really needed).

      "Behind this mask there is more than just flesh. Beneath this mask there is an idea... and ideas are bulletproof.” ― Alan Moore, V for Vendetta

      Cheers!

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      Jack Lee 

      2 months ago from Yorktown NY

      I read your piece and I have no idea who you are. You are a mystery my man. Perhaps that is what you want, to be anonymous. Most people are proud of who they are. They have no trouble expressing it.

      They can be a profession, a political cause, a part of an ethnic group or just a person with interest in various topics.

      All I can say seeing you on HubPages is that you are a writer and have a passion for writing. Therefore, just on that basis, you and I have something in common.

    • Mr. Happy profile imageAUTHOR

      Mr. Happy 

      14 months ago from Toronto, Canada

      "Deep peace" indeed Mrs. Poulsen.

      Thank You for your wonderful comment. May Wakan Tanka guide your path.

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      Kari Poulsen 

      14 months ago from Ohio

      I like your answer, “the Silence older than Time”. To me it tells of a deep peace. :)

    • Mr. Happy profile imageAUTHOR

      Mr. Happy 

      2 years ago from Toronto, Canada

      Thank You for the read and comment left, Mr. Saisarannaga!

      I share the Knowledge I collect and your part of the world has helped me quite a lot. I appreciate it. May we all have access to the wisdom of "sages and saints".

      All the very best to You! : )

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      Mr. Happy 

      2 years ago from Toronto, Canada

      Greetings Mrs. Theresa,

      Thank You very much for passing by. I myself have not done much writing, or reading here on Hub-pages. I think I was boycotting for a while lol

      I do wish You will have a great summer and we'll "see" each other again, I am sure. Cheers! : )

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      saisarannaga 

      2 years ago from Chennai in Tamilnadu, India.

      Today, I read your insightful hub which gave me deep insights on Eternal wisdom of our sages and saints. You are crystal clear. Thank you!

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      Theresa Ast 

      2 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      A good and challenging read on the second time through. I have been terribly busy at the university and I have missed friends and reading and writing on HP. I hope that all is well with you. Blessings! Theresa

    • Mr. Happy profile imageAUTHOR

      Mr. Happy 

      2 years ago from Toronto, Canada

      That was a fun comment, Mrs. Annabella! Rather beautiful I may add.

      Thank You for that - all the best to You and the Winds that shape You! : )

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      Annabella 

      2 years ago

      When someone asks me who I am:

      I am as ever changing as the winds that shape me,

      I have been born countless times but nobody truly knows me,

      I am a blank canvas yet to be painted upon by the observer,

      I am everything, nothing and something yet to be.

      I am that I am

      yada yada.

      Haha!

    • Mr. Happy profile imageAUTHOR

      Mr. Happy 

      4 years ago from Toronto, Canada

      Greetings Mr. Sasarannaga,

      Thank You for stopping by and leaving a comment - that was my treat! I am happy You enjoyed the read.

      All the best and Happy New Year! : )

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      saisarannaga 

      4 years ago from Chennai in Tamilnadu, India.

      It is long time,I had been here may be a year or so. Today I happened to go through the mail and I found your hub! I remembered Maharishi Ramana who always remained in silence. If somebody questions, he may or may not answer. The silence itself was so eloquent answer. I felt reading a very insightful hub for a long time! Thank you Mr.Happy for the nice treat!

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      Mr. Happy 

      4 years ago from Toronto, Canada

      I am happy You were not disappointed, Mr. Jodah and thank You for taking the time to leave a comment.

      "What is the meaning of Life" is another tough cookie to chew. We give meaning to Life by Being Aware. That's about as far as I can go with that answer lol

      Thanks again for the conversation.

      All the best! : )

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      John Hansen 

      4 years ago from Queensland Australia

      I was drawn in by the title question and was not disappointed. This gives one much food for thought as almost everything is given a label weather it be a person, thing or feeling. Another one of those questions like "What is the meaning of life." Maybe a good answer is "I am what I am"...someone famous said that but I can't remember who...maybe it was God. No one should really be able to label themselves, other people will anyway whether you like it or not however. Happy New Year.

    • Mr. Happy profile imageAUTHOR

      Mr. Happy 

      4 years ago from Toronto, Canada

      Thank You for stopping by and leaving a comment, Mrs. Theresa. Sometimes, I think questions may be more important than the answers.

      I wish You a Happy New Year and all the best for the next year - cheers! : )

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      Theresa Ast 

      4 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      Very interesting and thought-provoking. It is a difficult and perhaps in the ultimate sense an unanswerable question. May you have a blessed and joyous December and New Year.

      Theresa

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      Mr. Happy 

      4 years ago from Toronto, Canada

      Cheers Spirit Whisperer!

      Thank You for the visit and for taking the time to leave a comment. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! : )

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      Xavier Nathan 

      4 years ago from Isle of Man

      The I, I think I am. The I, others think I am. The I, I am! Fabulous hub to start the New Year with the mind focussed on what is important. Thank you Mr Happy and the very best to you and yours. Love from all of us on that little island in the Irish Sea!

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      Mr. Happy 

      4 years ago from Toronto, Canada

      Thank You Mr. Eric Dierker - I wrote it because I really find the question odd and unanswerable. Each one of us can look within and find the answer - it's just we can't talk about it. It's a great paradox - I myself like it. : )

      All the very best.

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      Eric Dierker 

      4 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      A most illuminating hub with much left to think about. "Who am I" is a question I shall ponder for a while. Thanx

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