For the longest time, I thought that my ideas = me. I placed so much of my identity in my ideas that when someone criticized or ridiculed or attacked my ideas – that they were criticizing, ridiculing, and attacking me. I think it was a sub-concious – well actually, self-conscious thing that I did to myself. I wouldn’t put ideas out there. I am not my ideas. Not even the sum of all of my ideas are me – but I believe that my ideas are a reflection of me.
Out of the abundance of the heart – I blog. Out of the abundance of the heart – I project onto my online space. Out of the abundance of my heart – I tweet. I’m not sure that biblical writers had that in mind or did they.
The more I think about it – from a Jamesian perspective – the more accurate statement is “‘I am not my ideas, but ‘me’ is.” The Jamesian “I” creates many possible and sometimes opposing “mes.” So in theory – “I” am not my ideas. “Me” is. (I have a previous post about the Jamesian I and Me – as I understand it anyway)
I had posted in my triiibes.com profile that I’m open to people criticizing my ideas, but not me. The more I think about it, the more I think I don’t mind. I can handle the criticism – of my ideas or me (actually, of my ideas and I). I’ll amend that after this post.
Your blog – your ideas are “me,” not you (“I”).