What Is Identity ?

Ian Goddard (igoddard@CapAccess.org)
Sun, 28 Sep 1997 03:01:44 -0400 (EDT)

THE PRIMARY QUESTION of logical inquiry
Must be "what is identity?" Until we answer
That question, all other inquiry is illogical.

A thing, a state of difference, A, is an identity.

Every identity is derived from relation.
There is no identity that is not derived from relation.
There can be no identity that is not derived from relation.

Therefore "relation" cannot be separated from "identity,"
And therefore, as relation contains both A and not-A,
What a thing is said not to be cannot truthfully
Be separated from what it is said to be.

The assumed separation of A and not-A is therefore
A fallacy. If A is not separate from not-A,
Then A is not-A:

A = not-A

If there is nothing A is not, A is everything.
If A is everything, A is no thing, A is nothing,
And thus everything is nothing... Logical Zen.

So the answer to the primary question as to the nature
Of identity is that identity is nothing, identity is
False where it assumes separation, and that is true.
Identity is not identity, different is same.

Separation does not exist.
No thing is apart from the whole.
Every thing is the whole.
Everything is whole.

Ian Goddard <igoddard@capaccess.org>