I've been pondering identity and expression over the last year. Here are some notes I jotted down this morning.
Identity-does it exist without expression? How can you tell who you are without expressing it?
I repress expression of my identity when I am objectified. Objectifying others is a human thing, we all do it. Objectifying happens when broadcast is mistaken for aimed, when expression is mistaken for communication.
Art is expression. Is all expression communication? Communication of what?
I don't live in a forest; how can I ever go unheard? When I do something just for myself, as an expression of my feelings, to literally act out what I am thinking and feeling, does that have to be received as aimed communication merely because I broadcast it and there are individuals who have the ability to receive it?
I often choose to repress myself because people frequently react as if I intended a specific communication to them when I was just being myself in the world. I don't like that particularization of my interaction with the universe, but the only control I have over it is to repress my expressions. An unintended consequence of that repression is losing my sense of identity, losing track of who I am.