Who Am I? is an ancient philosophical question that has been self-posed by many individuals over the centuries. This question is usually privately posed as a thought. In modern spaces where the mirror is available, the reflection of self is sometimes a witness. The desire to know one's identity has become increasingly important in modern times as evidenced by the phenomenal outburst of interest in genealogy. Genealogical quests are great and exhilarating. They provide important insights, facts and links to one's origin. However, they do not provide the knowing that is the answer to the ancient philosophical question Who Am I?
There is only one philosophical path to the knowing that is the answer to the ancient philosophical question Who Am I? : the path of self-knowledge. The path of self-knowledge is rocky, devoid of external scenery and oftentimes frightening. The travelers on it are solitary thoughts underpinned by knowledge and experience. Its length varies according to the will and nature of the possessors of the thoughts that travel on it. At the end of it is a stream of self-illumination that all travelers must jump into for cleansing and rejuvenation.
On emergence from the stream of self-illumination, the knowing that is the answer to the ancient philosophical question Who Am I? is revealed in all its beauty and grandeur. The self knows itself and the others know it too.
Peter Oye Sagay