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Old 09-13-2006, 08:16 PM   #1
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All through life one is assigned roles: child sibling student spouse parent employee...

If one is not any of these roles, what is one?
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No longer significant?
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Self?

No one?
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Come up with a new role, or bask in being role-free.

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If one is not any of these roles, what is one?
C'mon, it's a gimme... retiree?

A free man? Living a carefree life? Vagabond? Where are you goin' with this?

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Hmmmm

Curmudgeon??

I've got the coveralls, old pickup with rusty fender and good old dog, summer straw *or winter baseball caps - and down to three candidate doughnut shops - wherein old pharts sit and jaw long after their doughnut quota while getting a few refills on their coffee.

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All through life one is assigned roles: child sibling student spouse parent employee...

If one is not any of these roles, what is one?
Theses are not "roles", rather they are "labels". The labels are not assigned, rather one chooses to wear the label.
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C'mon, it's a gimme... retiree?

A free man? Living a carefree life? Vagabond? Where are you goin' with this?

-CC
Not sure.

Freed of most definitions and attachments, what is next?

What to wear?

Where to live?

What to eat?

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I've gotta examine the premise a little more closely here. (Always a good idea when one sees the word "existential" in the topic line!)

Are these categories all the same, or can we make the case that while you may not always be a spouse or an employee, you will always be someone's child? If you've ever been a parent, won't you always be a parent? Ditto "sibling?"
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Are these categories all the same, or can we make the case that while you may not always be a spouse or an employee, you will always be someone's child?* If you've ever been a parent, won't you always be a parent?* Ditto "sibling?"
Unless you were disowned
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Unless you were disowned
Sort of disowned.

Not that there was anything to inherit anyway.



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An interesting point to take away from this question is that you can choose to redefine your role. I think I was an employee before I quit a decent job at 30. (Reemployed later and recently quit again and looking for work, for those not keeping track.) Since then I've been developing an independent identity. I think this helps greatly keep other roles in perspective and makes it easier to leave one. It frees me to a large degree. I think this may be a key to who retires early and who retires when they can't work anymore.
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Often served as a "bad example".
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If only I could trade a big bag of existential conundrums for a few million bucks, I'd be having my own existential conundrum right now. As it is, I'm a "wage slave". Things could be worse though.
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I don't know what I am, but it's fun trying to figure it out.
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