Introduction to Sociology
Is There Anyone In There?
“Life’s greatest questions have always been: Who am I? Where did I come from?
Why am I here? Where am I going? You are about to see, and hear, one of the most
significant messages given to us from God.”
And with those inquisitive words, the Used,
one of today’s more popular alternative rock bands, begins its second major album,
Love and Death
The album, both lyrically and musically, deals with questions of love,
death and personal identity, as the title and opening lyrics suggest.
In a similar fashion, I
would like to open this paper with the same questions, and hopefully, by the end,
discover more about the person that is myself, John Abrusci.
So, with that being said…
Who am I?
Many people spend a lifetime trying to answer this question, in hopes
that they will find a definitive answer, something that will satisfy their insatiable appetite
for truth and meaning.
Some people are lucky enough to realize their life’s meaning and
leave this world with a smile on their face, while others search to no avail and spend their
time after death turning over in their graves.
But when it boils down to the deepest layer
of truth, more often than not, it seems that we are nothing more than an eighty-dollar pair
of jeans, some cheap perfume or cologne and a vocabulary that only a select few could
Personally, no matter how much I search, I find constantly that
there is some sort of influence, whether it is a friend, a movie, a book or a simple
billboard advertisement, that commands the way I act and lead my life.
Even at birth, we
are connected to and dependent on our mothers, void of any completely independent
personal identity, or better yet, any kind of authentic self.
This idea of an authentic self