Why, philosophically speaking, is our mind so attracted to symbolism and a need for some form of self identity? This attraction (perhaps it is a desire) is very strong and we can read stories daily where a person lived and died in respect to their self identity and symbolism despite having deep conviction in God. Is it our desire to be someone? Is it our insecurity in a diverse world or something else? The question is why are we so attracted to finding and claiming a self identity?