A critique of facebook / identity / honesty /and the / self...

So i think we have some identity issues at play in our culture. We have our true self, our facebook self, our desired self, and actualized self. My pastor preached a message on the true self, i heard Peter Rollins give a little commentary on the facebook self when he preached at Mars Hill and i’ve been thinking about identity all my life, mainly cause mine is confusing, i even made a little video about it.

Yesterday i got to thinking about it again.

A few of my friends, some current friends and some old friends from college filled out a little survey on 15 influential authors. As i was writing my list i realized that this was a practice in honesty and identity, at least for me. I wanted to put cool authors and if i were honest i probably stretched the truth with a couple of the authors i wrote down. But it’s a facebook survey, i needed to put all the cool authors i have read and some that hopefully others haven’t read, you know created a perceived reality of myself or something. I couldn’t put down Max Lucado or something, or my gilty pleasure of Joel Olstean (which i have NEVER read in my life, just to clear that up.)

My main point is that we fill out survey’s like this, no no... I fill out a survey like this and it becomes a practice in honesty and identity. Am i honest? Or am i trying to construct a certain view of myself. And the real question probably is, WHY? Why do i even feel the need to do it.  Probably just cause it’s stupid and fun and it only took about 3 1/2 minutes. But it got me thinking about identity again... so i thought i would share.

Just in case you missed it on facebook, here is my list. An honest list, but kind of impressive, right?  ;-)

Not really...

PS :: you can do this on facebook but copy and paste your list in the comment section of this blog, i would love to read it... BUT REMEMBER, this is a practice in honesty and identity! maybe....

The Rules:

Don't take too long to think about it. Fifteen authors (poets included) who've influenced you and that will always stick with you. List the first fifteen you can recall in no more than fifteen minutes. Tag some friends (however many you want) including me, because I'm interested in seeing what authors my friends choose.

(To do this, go to your Notes tab on your profile page, paste rules in a new note, cast your fifteen picks, and tag people in the note.)

In no particular order...

  1. Don Miller
  2. Brian McLaren
  3. Stanley Hauweras
  4. John Howard Yoder
  5. Jurgen Moltmann
  6. Dallas Willard
  7. NT Wright
  8. Muhammad Yunus
  9. Tim Keel
  10. William Cavanaugh
  11. Soren Keirkagaard
  12. Ernesto “Che” Gueverra
  13. Alexander Schemann
  14. Richard Foster
  15. John Wesley