Please see below selected recent identity-related change.
See also: Halcyon Identity Headlines
Identities are always at some level imagined, believes Eurasia Group, arguing that what people choose to focus on differs widely from country to country, according to a 2017 study by Pew Research. A few findings:
52% of Hungarians see place of birth as the most important attribute of national identity, while only 13% of Germans say the same.
The Berlin Wall stood for a total of 10,316 days, and as of February 2018, had been down for the same length of time. And yet still, more than half of Germans feel that their country hasn’t fully reunified.
The Ego Trick looked at the 'bundle theory' of the self, and argued that we don't have a permanent essential self, but instead are a bundle of thoughts, sensations and impulses.
Meanwhile, a Harvard clinical psychologist and Tibetan Buddhist scholar, examined the nature of awareness and self.
The Institute for the Future published a Ten-Year Forecast in 2010 that it claimed would be a benchmark forecast for the next decade, focusing on five driving themes:
During these dark days of worsening refugee crisis, can we still imagine reaching a state of "xenophilia"...overcoming our "homophily", i.e. the love of that which is like us, and reaching the love of that which is different?
Indeed, if we're ever going to care enough about conflict, genocide, poverty, hunger etc. enough to act on them properly, then we need to try much harder to avoid conflict with people we might not yet fully understand.
According to Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind, which spans the whole of human history, from the very first humans to walk the earth to the radical - and sometimes devastating - breakthroughs of the cognitive, agricultural and scientific revolutions:
Indigenous peoples who have never even listened to the radio can nonetheless reportedly pick up on happy, sad, and fearful emotions in Western music.
I read somewhere that the expression of emotions is a basic feature of Western music, whereas in other musical traditions, music has traditionally more often been appreciated for other qualities, such as group coordination in rituals.
Half a century since Dr King spoke, and still as powerful and relevant as ever...
Meanwhile, in a unique tribute programme from the BBC, global figures celebrated the legacy of Dr King by reading the words of "I Have a Dream".
The state is a condition, a certain relationship between human beings, a mode of behaviour- we destroy it by contracting other relationships, by behaving differently toward one another....We are the state, and we shall continue to be the state until we have created the institutions that form a real community and society of men - Gustav Landauer, Schwache Stattsmanner, Schwacheres Volk!, June, 1910 http://web.archive.org/web/20071020051936/http://iq.org/