Who are we, really? I have reflected on this question from time to time, without really answering it. Let me explain what I mean. I'd love to hear your opinions. Have you ever known someone get old and somewhat senile and their personality changes? Let's say a man who has been an upstanding family man, and a community and church leader. But in this senility he becomes a "dirty old man". Who is he, really? Is the real person that person he was by the exercise of his will? Or is the real person who he became when he could no longer exercise control? What about someone who becomes intoxicated on alcohol or drugs? Perhaps he is a mild mannered man by day, polite and kind to folks. But at night when the alcohol takes over, he becomes abusive and even violent, maybe getting in fights in clubs or taking it out on his wife at home. Who is he, really? Is the real person that person he is by day when he is exercising his will? Or is the real person that person he becomes when the inhibitions are removed? Are we that person we choose to be by the exercise of our will, or are we that person that comes out when the guard comes off and the "hair is let down"? Or are we possibly only who we are at any given second in time? Etc.? Some may immediately think of how we Christians are "two people" -- the old man and the new man. Let me assure you I don't discount that. But don't the above situations apply to mankind in general? That is, they are not traits only displayed by Christians (or necessarily just religious), but part of the human condition? I'd love to hear your thoughts on these questions, your thoughts on other questions I didn't raise, or your thoughts on whether the questions are even valid?