Posted 05 June 2017 - 12:39 PM
With respect to "the nature of the Self", as found in the OP, I've been re-reading Freud's Civilization and Its Discontents and recently finished Jung's The Undiscovered Self. I suggest those books for some insight.
We know--from historical threads and posts--that we are not "what we eat", but, rather, what we don't excrete. Consult the Memory Division for that content, if desired.
About the question, one might begin with what one does. I might declare that I am what I do.
On the other hand, if I work at Starbucks but dream continously of being an author, then am a Starbucks Baraster and Silly Dreamer? Further, I may do those things while, also, I urinate, deficate, sleep, eat, mow the lawn, weed the garden, vacuum the carpets, cook dinners and wash clothes, among other things, none of which may be performed as my employment--if I am employed.
If I go to an interview for a job, then my interviewer answers the question with, "double felon with a spotty employment record", and shows me the door.
If Anthony Weiner has had s@x with some of the 14 and 15-year olds he's been sexting, then what is the answer for that man? Some of you out there will answer, the envy of your eye. Weiner might answer, "Huma Abedin's husband and occasional part of a threesome with Mrs. Clinton, a. k. a. Her Thighness.
It seems that "who am I" can be answered with what I do plus dozens of considerations and it might take a very long time to finish, which is not, in my opinion, the same thing as being, "too hard to put ... into words." I may never finish and in the middle of it all, I might have an accident and become parapalegic and ruin the whole description!
I was a computer programmer for a corporation.
I was an antiques salesman and clerk.
I was a 100-year chain-of-title report generator for an oil and gas company.
I think it's safe and most meaningful to answer with what I do. I don't think this is "an exercise in how it's not possible to answer [the] question?", as "mike the wiz" lamented, though it may be difficult to require that ever person use the same criteria.
Who am I? I am co-primary care for a parent with cancer and handyman for the other parent who's physical condition requires that I do all of the heavy and strenuous yard tasks. I am a wordsmith. I am an American Constitutional Conservative.