Annemarie Roeper On Identity

2b09a6d2-ad5e-40c2-80aa-d348ac58b28bAnnemarie Roeper (August 27, 1918 – May 11, 2012)

[We have] a sense of the mystery of life, the mystery of the universe that surrounds us, and the mystery that is within us. It is within these vast unknowns that we try to establish our identities. We strive to carve out a place that is known, a place that we can manage, a place that is safe, a place that allows us to grow our unique Selves. This is nothing less than our struggle for psychic survival, a need for identity: tribal identity, national identity, group identity, a family identity, and finally, an individual identity.