Relationship Between Ownership And Self Identity / Development

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Ownership

What is the relationship between ownership and self identity/development? This is an extremely complicated question with multiple varying answers. There are many theories trying to answer this question, such as, Plato 's claim that "owning objects is detrimental to a person 's character", whereas Aristotle argues that "ownership of tangible goods helps to develop moral character." However, to truly answer this this question, we must first answer the question, what is ownership? If this question is asked, friends, relatives, even strangers, will state similar answers. People will say something along the lines of, "the possession of an object" or "to be in control of something". However, we must then plunge deeper into the question and ask ourselves, can we really possess an object if it can be taken away or destroyed? Are we really in control of an object? Can we own something if it isn 't completely original? The truth is, we own nothing. Our clothes, our thoughts, even our lives, we do not and cannot own. Think of all the things, as people, we think we have ownership of. The cars we drive, the clothes we wear, the food we consume, the things we see, even our thoughts, are not our own. The clothes we wear were most likely designed by a fashion designer. Items like this are designed and created by multiple other people, making the items not ours but everyones who had a hand in their creation. Everything we believe we have will be thrown away, given away or sold.…

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