Thrown Into the Wilderness Identity, and Stigmas in Society Uses "Moses' Wilderness Tabernacle" by Miriam Peskowitz

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To peer into the heart of identity is to look into the soul of the self. To deny any stigma, one would oblige to refute integrity. Ultimately, the catharsis of this must be the rationalization that, to quote the bible, ?every man [or woman] falls short.? No human is perfect. People often assume that because they travel through the monotony of the mundane, they are normal. Everyone has a quirk. Quirks are what form identity, whether they be large or small. Miriam Peskowitz illustrates that identities can be bounded in her essay Moses? Wilderness Tabernacle.

Ownership of the self defines itself in one word: perception. Not others observations upon the person, but self-evaluation. Identity is malleable, moveable upon request. Haircuts are a simple change; trans- sexuality is a tad more drastic. Consequently, humans act differently to different people. Where the dilemma occurs is at the level of the populace.

No one can of moderate stature has control of others immediate response toward their person. To assume that every one of every race and every creed can live together harmoniously would be at least pretentious.

Ergo, it is impossible to grade anyone on any level. For instance, a heterosexual male calling a homosexual male a ?fag.? This would not only be stereotypical but it would also be a scrupulous injustice to the self. This would implicate the individual to not only a close-minded demeanor but also a hypocritical disposition. A person with an iota of propriety would be appalled at such a blatantly offensive attitude. To place a stigma on any person simultaneously places a stigma on the self.

Coherent thought through the course of identity can introduce feelings or reverence as well as fear. To have such parody of something is mildly ironic. Peering inward can lead to...