Do our actions determine who we are, or does who we are determine our actions?
There's nothing wrong with thinking or feeling a certain way. Strength, I believe, comes from how you act and react in return to these emotions and thoughts.
You can be more prone to heart attack, but that doesn't mean it'll happen. Just because you were raised in some situation that fucked you up doesn't mean that you're automatically gonna be ending up in the same way. Or if you've been addicted to something, you're able to kick it. It doesn't have a stronghold on you because you're more "prone to addictions". Anyone has the strength to do anything, act any way, but if you can't, it's because you're choosing not to.
If I can't judge you on your actions, what am I supposed to judge you ON? How am I supposed to know who you are if I don't use what you've done as a starting point?
This thought always confuses me. That your actions don't define you. Of course they do! Actions are made from thought, which is a gateway to yourself. Maybe the immediate reasons aren't what are "expected", but the actions therein do tell us a story about yourself.
our actions demonstrate who we are...
"Do our actions determine who we are,..." Most often yes.
"...or does who we are determine our actions?" Not at all often.
action determines who we are
identity is a public construct, not a private one
so... irregardless of what one thinks to himself/herself/ect. their identity is defined by what they do
I always thought it was a bit of both, really.
...with an unaddled brain, it is both!
We are responsible for all choices that can be seen by others as "actions." (E.g., gratuitous insults... how one chooses to satiate libido... being a good friend, etc... are all voluntary and, collectively, contribute to one's reputation; iow: it's your choice .)
One's inner desires, loves, and turmoils are fundamentally innate... but can be subject to external events.
There is no simple "one or the other" response...
I believe the motives behind the actions determine who we are. Only we can really know who we are.
But mostly that our actions express who we are.
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