Well said, Abhay Ghatpande. I agree that our actions define us — especially to the outside world — but having a sense of self or “who you are” influences our actions, and acts as a heuristic when faced with choices. We can’t (and don’t) approach each and every choice in our lives devoid of context and history, and therefore often revert to our sense of self for guidance. I think this is especially true in moral quandaries, when one is deciding how to act. As a professor of mine once told me, “it’s easier to something 100% of the time than 99%.” For example, if I have decided through introspection that honesty is important to me, when faced with an opportunity where dishonesty may advantage me in another capacity, remembering that I value honesty or “am an honest person” makes that decision / action easier.

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