Identity is of the utmost importance to people. We categorize and compartmentalize ourselves constantly, all to establish a sense of who we are and where we fit into. This is so important to us that we’ll risk life and death to better place and identify ourselves. Such is the case of the Civil Rights Movement and civil disobedience. Breaking unjust laws and overflowing jails, helped African Americans to distinguish themselves as equal, and not second rate citizens. This helped them move against the state’s nomenclature. This is one way the state can be unjust. It can seek to divide identities and create schisms in the population. The group-think mentality it can foster can be dangerous, this is exactly what Henry David Thoreau worked to abolish. While the state in some cases can turn people into cogs, most of the time I believe it is a necessary identifier. Although categorizing ourselves is not always necessarily fruitful to our well being, it does help us make sense of things and helps us to rally together. The notion of no government, makes me worried that citizens would not work together as often towards common goals. The state still provides a home and network for people to feel comfortable and important. It is only when the state gets too big that this network becomes jumbled and people feel that they have no place.
Do you think that even without a state people could still have identity? Can cultural ties and lines be enough for a person to feel whole? If the state is not pervading a sense of identity is it just? If so, what identities are just and unjust?