Also known as Knewbuntu, Pneubuntu or Gnubuntu depending on your preference of silent letters.

Sunday, April 5, 2009

Who am I?

Today, I was asked an interesting question: what country do I most identify myself with?

I was about to say "I'm English!" and then proceed to pull out some scones, tea and rain just to ram the point home, but then I realized that I don't really think that I'm English. See, I was born there and I lived there until I was almost 6. Since that time, I have been back a total of once (three years ago). Nonetheless, up to this point, my standard answer to the above question was "England ftw" essentially. But then I realized something (10 years too late): I really don't feel English at all.

I can just see all of you optimists going "Woohoo, 1 down, only 194 to go!"; however, elimination is clearly not the way to go about this. As much as I would love to go into how unlike I am to the people in 193 countries, you and I both have better things to do. So, to cut to the chase, I don't think I really am from anywhere. That said, I think there is one way I can identify myself: I am European. I can't say that I feel any particular affinity or connection to one country or another, but I do feel a strong connection to Europe.

So at this point, I had been standing in place, staring into space for about a minute or so, and in a complete daze. As I slowly returned to the world of the living, I spied the poor sod that had asked me the question. I'm sure he thought I had some sort of brain defect when I looked up, said "Europe" and walked away. Well, either that or he spent the rest of his days wondering when exactly Europe became a country and why no one had told him this. "I knew there was something fishy going on when they adopted the Euro..."



Kaylee said...

Lol @ the ending!

I identify most as a Canadian because I lived here for most of my life. But I don't think it's a big deal if you don't identify with any country. Or continent, for that matter ;)

P.S. I just noticed your tagline under the penguins (is it new?) and I almost died laughing :P

setsanto said...


Hehe, thanks. It has been up for some time, but my previous layout kind of obscured it a lot, so I decided to make it more prominent this time around.