“So.. who are you?”

Upon meeting a stranger for the first time, this question gently gets wedged, marking a segway into the beginning conversation. An ice breaker. A lever of social lubricant to break the awkwardness. Perhaps, a bridge which might lead to a highway of a deeper social connection. But, most definitely, as a way to gather clues about someone so that we can form a conception of their identity. An impression.

Our answers to that question tend to revolve around what we have gotten used to answering small talk with — our names, what we studied in university…

Hiroki Hirayama

Part-Time Auditor, Self-Proclaimed Full-Time Faux-Philosopher, Occasional Rational Animal.

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