Are you the same person when you start a sugar free diet, and a week later, stare at the dessert section of a lavish buffet? I am not.
We all know scientists who believe in astrology, smart people who think vaccinations are a conspiracy and alcoholics who quit every morning.
The criminal justice system understands how circumstances shape personality. When the same person commits a crime in the heat of the moment, they get a smaller punishment than if they conceive it with a cool and collected head.
Our resumes, identity cards and birth certificates need to come with a small asterisk next to our names – ‘conditions apply’.
The singular coherent identity our minds construct is an illusion. We are many personalities trapped in one person.