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Identity is not an object; it is a process with adresses for all the different directions and dimensions in which it moves, and so it cannot so easily be fixed with a single number. We know this in our own lives, for identity card, passport, birth certificate, social security number, driver's license, home address, bank account number, telephone listing, postal code, insurance policy number, national credit rating, all assign us an identity. The family dog might recognize us by pheromone, allelochemical or other trace odorant. We always reinforce our identity by washing, dressing, exercising, speaking, and interacting with others. In innumerable small ways we remind ourselves daily of who we are and to what we belong.

Lynn Margulis and Ricardo Guerrero: 'Two Plus Three Equal One, Individuals Emerge from Bacterial Communities'

The sailors mark him; more and more certain grow their suspicions of him, and at last, fully to test the truth, by referring the whole matter to high Heaven, they fall to casting lots, to see for whose cause this great tempest was upon them. The lot is Jonah's; that discovered, then how furiously they mob hime with their questions.

"What is thine occupation? Whence comest thou? What is thine country? What is thine tribe?"

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