Character Development Of Personal Identity

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Forming an identity is usually the last thing people think about in their day to day lives. We strive for success based upon the standards and ideals associated by our communities and peers which can be skewed by many factors such as religion, race, gender, class, personal interests and hobbies. To establish an identity within these parameters produces many different outcomes such as moral and ethical behavior, social status and titles, and overall character. Without taking time to look at ourselves and see our own shortcoming and successes it will be a hard process to accept others for the way they live their own lives. Yet an interest into others Identity and the history that helped shape their lives can help us understand each other’s worldview …show more content…
Again think about your daily life and how you spend your time. What hobbies do you have, do you spend your time with positive activity or destructive behavior? “You are what you eat”, generally speaking we are grouped together with those that we spend time with and therefor our actions are generally grouped together as well. This plays major roles in how we shape our identity as the acknowledgment from our social groups determines how society views people associated with said groups. For example, Fraternities which once boasted to be the highest level of social excellence within academic establishments have now been tainted and looked down upon due to terrible crimes, rape culture, and even deaths from extreme hazing. However, there are more constructive ways of spending time that can also contribute to personal identity and character development. There are many people of all ages and backgrounds who attempt to better their communities and the lives of those that inhabit them through donations, charities, non-profit organizations, and volunteer work. According to the Bureau of Labor Services nearly 1 in 4 Americans have spent some amount of time volunteering showing that there are still people out there reaching for the common good of humanity and in doing so show …show more content…
As we’ve gone over above we know there are many factors that mold our identity such as appearance, wealth, personal interest, and character which are the general influential factors that make us who we are. Creating an identity you can be proud of requires hard work and dedication and it might not always seem rewarding especially when you aren’t receiving any praise or glory for your actions yet doing the right thing rarely grants anything outside of personal gratification. Although creating a positive impact on your societies outward reflects your character your identity is still a very fragile concept that can be shifted by negative connotations. We have heard of people who have done incredible acts and won numerous awards for their works all to have such positivity shattered by their following actions. Adolf Hitler was awarded medals for bravery in World War 1, revolutionized industries throughout Europe, and was even awarded the Nobel Peace Prize however, for such positive qualities that an individual possess there is always room to change and in this case, he became one of, if not, the most evil being in human history. This just goes to show how quickly personal identity and character can change yet the same is true for the opposite, it is never to late to make change and help create a positive impact on the world and in doing so help create a better society, a

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