Expression & identity : the word made flesh Public Deposited

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  • This essay is an exploration of identity formation and expression. Humanity's identity formations create the orientations and languages with which we use to create our knowledge and understanding of the surrounding external environment (both social and physical) and our internal environment (psychological). This essay traces the sources of identity formation to the mythological creation of ancient poets and seeks to develop an understanding of the ideas behind mythological thinking and expression. 'Poetry' is a term derived from the ancient Greek word for 'maker,' 'shaper,' and 'former;' serving in this essay as a guide through history's mythological structures of identity formation in the various historical manifestations of art, philosophy, religion, and psychology. Identity's value lies in its personal and communal modes of expression used to form practical definitions for the development of knowledge and understanding of the internal world of our being and the external world outside and/or related to our being. Identity also holds an inherent danger as our identity formations, once becoming objective realities, can begin to dominate and repress other identities or our ability to create alternate identities. The later scenario is represented in current cultural, psychological, and epistemological theories based upon 'domination' while a counter trend could be seen in 'relational' systems based upon reciprocity: hostile dualisms which privilege one side over another or a more harmonious system of balance and mutual definition. It is the author's claim that the later, more harmonious system is the core 'value' found within poetic thought and he tries to present an outline to a 'philosophy of poetry,' which would further develop this idea. Poetry is not only an external manifestation, but also a state of being, and tenets for the understanding of poetic sensibility are outlined and unified under a terminology of 'Vision' and 'Unity.' Mythological thinking and expression are held to be the roots of the various social manifestations of the terms 'Vision' and 'Unity' found within poetic philosophies recorded throughout human history. This essay is the framework for a larger work in progress by the author, and should be read and understood as such.
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