Who is you?

Early today, I received a call from a prospective customer inquiring about how he can waste este invest his money. At the end of our conversation he asked, “by the way, who is you again?” which basically meant “what is my name?”

For those people with great command and knowledge of English, they would say that it must be “Who Are you?.” Well then fine.

What got me thinking after I put down the phone was the question “Who is you?” or rather “Who are you?” Why is it that “You” always uses “are” as the verb?

Here is my absurd analysis. only if you care to know my incongruous idea of things.

Well, it could be that being YOU could be a person but that person is not really one and could be many. Like one day or everyday you could be a clown, the next day you are someone else because you wear a mask – the mask of Zorro, the mask of X-men and what have you. In a minute you are as honest and faithful like one of the saints and in few seconds you are as sinful and as hypocrite as anybody else. To put it simply, you are a man that could be good and evil or in between in just a matter of seconds inside a single body. In short, there are many persons inside “YOU” although you are seen as a single person.

Remember Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde from the classic novel of Robert L. Stevenson? Dr Jekyll was an idealist who was annoyed by the constant presence of the tension between good and evil that is inside of him. Because of his desire to separate that (Dr. Jekyll could have pure motives that will never be tempted towards evil while Mr. Hyde could pursue bad works), he sought science to achieve what he wanted.

As he puts it:

that I learned to recognize the thorough and primitive duality of man.

even if I could rightly be said to be either, it was only because I was radically both.

If each, I told myself, could be housed in separate identities, life would be relieved of all that was unbearable; the unjust might go his way, delivered from the aspirations and remorse of his more upright twin; and the just could walk steadfastly and securely on his upward path, doing the good things in which he found pleasure, and no longer exposed to disgrace and penitence by the hands of this extraneous evil. It was the curse of mankind that these incongruous fagots were thus bound together.

He did succeed in separating the two but never perfected what he dreamed of; Mr.Hyde was pure evil, Dr. Jekyll never became pure good. He is in the same mix as he was before.

I guess, (my wildest guess ever) when the time comes that all human beings become himself, a pure evil or pure good, then that is the time we could ask the question, “Who is You?” or perhaps we could ask Mary Reilly instead. (Ano sa tingin mo?)

For now, I would say, “Who are you?” and “Who are I?” (Ngek!!! matulog na kaya ako. lol)

7 Responses to “Who is you?”

  1. 1 anoba June 11, 2008 at 6:02 pm

    bro, you were saying that if a person becomes absolutely evil or absolutely good, we could use the verb is instead of are when we ask “who are you?”

    The question is, how do we ask some if not all our politicians? LOL

  2. 2 bw June 13, 2008 at 6:40 pm

    English grammar is quite funny. Unlike Tagalog where you have the option to use singular or plural depending on who you are talking to 🙂 aka SINO KA? or SINO KAYO?.

    I think the reason is YOU can be both singular or plural – YOU can be one person or a group of persons ( I still remember my conjugation table hehe ) so they decided to use ARE instead of IS to avoid the contention issue 🙂

  3. 3 annamanila June 15, 2008 at 2:40 am

    Man is capable of the most aww-shucks tenderness and the basest, most wham-bang evil. The jekyll and hyde principle, as you put it. Left to his own devices, or taking the path of least resistance, man will be lazy, self-indulgent. To do good requires of man to be willful and deliberate.

  4. 4 myepinoy June 15, 2008 at 11:49 am

    anoba,With regards to our politicians, I know you know exactly what I would say of them if you ask me.

  5. 5 myepinoy June 15, 2008 at 12:02 pm

    bw, I’ve read somewhere that our languages and dialects are advanced and, indeed, sophisticated!

    Happy Father’s Day Bro!

  6. 6 myepinoy June 15, 2008 at 12:04 pm

    annamanila, Now this leads me to the question “what really is the purpose of man on earth?”

  7. 7 tutubi June 15, 2008 at 3:31 pm

    who is u? sort of like a text message question problem why other just can’t get simple english right.

    Q: where na u?
    A: d2 na me!

    happy father’s day too

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