Who am I ? Who are we ? René Descartes would probably answer “Dubito ergo cogito, cogito ergo sum”. In other words, “we are” from where we doubt and we ask ourselves questions, this is how to measure one’s identity by oneself. It is a return to the origins, to our roots, essential to personal and collective development, an essential response to the “identity” crisis caused by the European construction and globalization.
The individual origins of identity Adolescents and adults transmit a message about their identity by their behavior and style of dress. Clothing is a means of communicating the identity and social role of a person. Take, for example, doctors whose white clothes are very important for meeting patients. Yet how far can the concern for clothing go? It’s true that what we see has a much stronger impact than what we say. But some people do not necessarily identify with the identity assigned to them by their country, their economic level or their nationality. The national origins of identity National symbols are very important, which is what characterizes a homeland, like the national anthem. The anthem is a song that the whole country knows. It is often before, during or after a battle that the hymn is created. The hymn is a song defining its country. The anthem is often sung in an important moment (ceremonies, football match). National symbols are very important for countries. In France, the rooster is everywhere. We find it on our national jersey. The rooster symbolizes pride, and that is perhaps why France is seen by other countries as a proud country. In Romania, there is the eagle. We also find him on the national jersey. It symbolizes valor and strength. In Greece it is not an animal, but a tree, the olive tree. Athena and Poseidon were fighting for Athens. They decided to offer beautiful gifts for the Athenians to choose. Poseidon offered a horse symbolizing war and power but, uncertain while peace and money are safer. The citizens chose Athena but promised Poseidon to create a temple for him.
We all have a name, a style, a nationality but also a family identity, some people speak foreign languages at home for example or we are totally different with our family. Our family identity begins with a family name.
The biological family is also our close family (at least in France) so they are our children, our brothers and sisters and our parents. But sometimes we can be adopted so we can have adoptive parents, but they remain our close family. So in France, we have the Eskimo mode; we have, for the most part, a mother and a father. And with our family, we have a name to stand out from the crowd. It can be: Louis 14 so with numbers or numbers. A name with our birthplace as Leonardo da Vinci. Or it can be linked to an event like “Christmas”. Or a first name like in France like Guillaume or Sarah. In our society, the social and biological family are connected.
Our family that we weave together over time by meeting people necessarily has a different meaning for each person. Everyone can have a “sister of Heart” but it is not necessarily the same way each person has a different link with the others, but in terms of biology it can not very well not have a “blood link” with this person. Our feelings often prevail !
To conclude, national identity has a significant impact on the construction of identity. Feeling French or Greek or Romanian is important for uniting a nation, and it is not a coincidence that these symbols have emerged during independence battles. Are they still relevant as we face global challenges now?