I don't know. I think we do need to identify us frommany points of view, or if you like it better, to determine us. We have to know our reality in our medium, what we are and what we are not, nnot to despise whatwe are not, just to know what we are not. We evolve. We are not born the final product, impossible. We have the potential to evolve into the final product, but we are not the finl product, so identifying, I guess is also something that evolves. The fact tht things are temporery does not make them less of what they are.
I think the issue might be what we think of the word 'identify'.
Of course, I identify as a person from Sweden. I identify as someone who went to university. I identify as a man. Etc
But I'm also keenly aware that not nationality, nor education or gender, are things that are inherently me. They also don't make me a better or worse person. If I for example wake up with complete amnesia in Uruguay, I won't recall being a person from Sweden or having been to university. In this sense, such things, like nationality, are just fleeting ideas that I decide
is part of me.
They are part of my image of me
that I hold in my awareness and memory in my mind, but they are not part of my actual being. I don't believe souls after death have nationalities.
For this reason, I find it wise to keep this in mind. The reason for that is that we can develop and nurture a sense of unity with all human beings, and even all living things, and perhaps even the entire creation. It is much better, in my opinion, to think of the unifying things as deeper and more genuine than to see the superficial things like skin color or caste as the most important and defining thing.
Of course we must identify to a certain extent with stuff, because our mind is programmed to classify everything we come across, otherwise the mind and brain would not be able to make sense of the world.
But to classify yourself is not the same as thinking that you are things that you are actually not. You may classify yourself as a woman, from Finland, being a pilot, and a mother of five, but these things are not the essence of you. These things are just how your life has expressed itself. Like profession. We are not our profession, and still people think they ARE
doctors, or plumbers or whatever. No, their training and profession is like that, but that just a circumstantial dress we wear in this life.
Again, it nothing wrong classifying yourself. But identifying your real self with concepts is not wise simply because it is not the reality. So, I don't disagree with you, but we are perhaps thinking about different things.
Also, insecure people usually over identify with concepts like religion, nation, genetics, caste and such. It is very common for people to dislike other with different skin color, or different religion, or different nationality, or different language, or different sexual preference. That's insane. Racism e.g. is based on fear and corrupt identification. We are all human beings. Hating someone because of temporary, fleeting concepts or physical attributes are madness. That's what I actually want to say.
Temporary is not nothing. It is what we have.
Temporary is also not everything actually. It might be everything we can see right now, but I believe there is something more that just this temporary world. When we die, I believe something remains when the body is gone.
Peace and kind greetings