A few years ago, there was a news story about a man who suffered from a strange illness that wiped out all his memories. He had no recollections of his parents, wife and children. And worse of all, he could not remember who he was. He would spend day after day wandering the streets hoping to rediscover his lost identity. I am not sure what has become of the guy, but his desperate search for his lost identity underscores the importance of having a clear sense of who you are.
Some days ago, my local PBS station aired a documentary on the history of the British royal family. As I was watching the TV special, I became curious as to why Great Britain – despite being a great democracy – still maintains its unconditional support for the continuing presence of the royal family. The royal family, one might recall, no longer has any real political power; its impact on British society is minimal. Yet, Great Britain really goes out of its way to subsidize members of the royal family and thus supports their lavish lifestyle.