Died: November 11, 1855, Copenhagen, Denmark
Søren Aabye Kierkegaard was a Danish philosopher, theologian, poet, social critic and religious author who is widely considered to be the first existentialist philosopher.
Getting hammered with heuristics is the rule of thumb game we all play, religions of the world use prayer to modify the functionality of the of the 'conceiver'. In the end, all there is is silence.
If identity of the self is the way forward, I dare you to dare, to challenge yourself but please do so within an Ethos of your ideal moral character. Virtue is, in part, a act, a performance and a destination worthy of living.