What Makes You You?

When I meet someone new, I like to ask, “Who are you?”

Most people provide their occupation as an answer, which is perfectly alright. Others share different aspects of their life that are important to their identity (e.g. if they are parents, their hobbies, something they are proud of). I especially enjoy those replies.


Related: Listen to an episode of the Intellectual Roundtable Podcast, where Lee and Michael discuss this question: ‘What makes you you?’ We also discuss another question as well, ‘What gives a person value?’


However, a small number look at me in a weird, somewhat offended way, as if I have asked a deeply personal question on our first encounter.

I’ll phrase this week’s question somewhat differently. Either abstractly or in a real practical sense what makes you you?

Related questions:  How important is the repetition in our lives?  How much of our thoughts are our own? What are our responsibilities to others?