If Charles Dickens had been speaking of identities when he penned A Tale Of Two Cities, that's how he might have begun his literary masterpiece of love and hate. It would make sense for anyone to have two identities or even more because you could simply pick the best one to suit your needs at any given time to deal with any situation.
Identity is more than just what is written on your identification. It is your very being to the core and the finger prints you leave behind in the world and how you affect it. So every driveway you shovel in the winter, every rant you might have about life, every donation you make to a charity, every time you hold the door for someone, every time you go to bat for someone else, every blog article you write, that's you. Therefore your identity is the impression that leaves upon others and if that impression is favourable or good, it can have value to those that have never met you or seen you but have heard say of you. Notoriety.
That's mostly the good things about you that create that impression upon others whether they know you personally or not. The private ones, and the ones that might vilify you to others such as every time you've raised your voice, every time you've said something that you did not mean to say, every time you've reacted, every time you've made a poor decision, every time you've done something that you'd rather not have it end up in the public awareness. Those are as much a part of you being you even if you were tricked or it was a mistake but they are the things that are personal to you as much as what colour underwear you are wearing. They are personal and private and not pertinent to all situations in public life. Those too make up parts of your identity though people would likely not understand context or situation that brought those things about all the time.
What if you had more good than you did bad? Then it would be easy for anyone else to make the claim that they were you. Your identity would be an easy grab for anyone because the weight of being you would be light if there was only benefit to it. So some people who though they were being good might have in order to protect you, come up with some stuff that made the act of being you a little bit more heavy, so that others who tried to take that identity would be in for a ride. The only thing is that those people never bothered you about those things.
Then later on in life, another group of people who thought to themselves if that person is who they really say they are, then wouldn't they have to be as much a part of their bad as they were their good? So in thinking that they decided to make it into a game of finding out all those secrets that others use to protect people who've got a lot of good to take if someone stole their identity. Once they have those secrets, they only need to subject the real person to tormenting about those things. If they drop those things or deny them, then they must not be the real people that own that identity then, are they?
So enter a bunch of people who figured out that if you tricked or set up a bunch of people into situations that they'd normally not take part in by playing their naivety, you could create the means to steal their identity. Especially if you had accounts of that activity from others.
So that's precisely what a group of people did, though they ultimately found out that they did not need to set any situations up. They only needed to find out about the victim's past, and find people who had similar things in common and they could trade the people's identities, because if one would react to the same stimuli that made the other react, then they must be the same person. That's how a group of people derived the logic in their effort to steal others' identities.
Before most knew it, this game had become global. It created a way to take another person's identity and trade the bad identity from one person onto another person. All if you cannot maintain the things that make you who you are.
Identity theft is so much more than stealing a wallet in this day and age. It is about stealing a person's being and reputation even without taking their identification. The persona and image you create online has value to others. Being able to distinguish between you in person and an online identity may be the biggest scam of the decades to come because is you are accomplished or are in the process of accomplishing, others who may not want to make the effort but reap the rewards might just conspire to take it from you.
The people who do these things and attempt to take from others via these means, often make it a game of implying that a deed belongs to whomever can keep it secret. So the cult make it game of trying to steal what you say and do from you by breaking it as a secret. So for the groups that do this, that means keeping you under constant watch so they can know when you accumulate secrets and accomplishments. Once they can keep a hand on the pulse of your accomplishments and activities, they know all your current secrets. They can then break you of them and and steal them for others claim. These groups that do this believe that the truth should go with whomever can protect it, not the person whom originated the word or deed.
This is mostly just a heads up to those of you out there who have a web presence that forms up part of your online identity and could possibly form up part of your in person resume.
There are people out there who might try to as they do in your real life, create the impression of a lot of bad in association with your online identity so that there is no benefit to you in using it as a resume piece in your real life for it might be accompanied by a wealth of bad material about you to counterbalance the good of you online.
We all have things that we would not put on our resume and that does not make you bad. It makes you wise. There are however people who do not feel the same way, and feel it fair to fill in the blanks with an equal amount of your bad, contrived or not.
Be careful with your real identity and don't let anyone take it from you.
Stay Safe And Be Well
Brian Joseph Johns