Chetan Bhatt, a professor of sociology, begins his talk on identity by telling his audience about he's often met with questions about where he's from when he gives him name, due to the preconceived notions that people have about who he is.
With this, Bhatt shows that most people have ideas about identity that are often based on old stories of cultures, which he says are often based on myths. These stories have created a kind of hierarchy in society, which leads those who are positioned in a secondary way to be restricted. Although Bhatt acknowledges the argument that some of these origin myths make people feel safer, he states that the widespread oppression that can result from them tends to outweigh this.
Throughout his talk on identity, Bhatt shows that it's important to challenge the origin myths that are continuously perpetuated, and to look at those around one through a more human and creative lens.
Disputing Origin Myths
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