Identity and Nietzsche

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“With in-your-face friends’ tallies, status updates and photos of happy-looking people having great times, Facebook pages can make some kids feel even worse if they think they don’t measure up.” According to this quote from Lindsey Tanner, an AP Medical Writer, she explains Facebook is a place that influences one’s identity. In today’s society many people’s identities are influenced by the actions or conditions of people living around them. Since we are a part of the Technological Era, there are many social networks such as Facebook, Twitter, and MySpace that have devastating effects on one’s identity. One’s identity is usually not always true. The influences of things and people around could alter someone’s identity. To know someone’s true identity, the objective is to eliminate these distractions. A social identity lies deep within an individual; and yet it is developed and shaped by the experiences we have in relations to other individuals and groups. According to numerous theories, there are many ways to determine one’s identity. An identity can be shaped by the experiences we have in relation to other individuals, but the philosopher Nietzsche says the best way to determine ones identity is to remove yourself completely from society to fully understand one’s true identity. The Philosopher Nietzsche once wrote: “The individual has always had to work hard to avoid being overwhelmed by the tribe. If you try it, you will be lonely and sometimes frightened. But no price is too high for the privilege of owning yourself.” He believes you must remove yourself from society and from the experiences that could mold your identity differently, to truly understand your own true identity. Nietzsche realized there are a lot of people in the world who are only mimics. The identities people possess are only of the identities they copy from outside influences like friends and/or family. Nietzsche realized this and thus proposed the idea that you need to break away from...
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