As a result, in the process of building ego consciousness, young homosexuals are often destined to fail in their struggle to find selfsameness
and continuity in others simply because they do not see themselves reflected in others until much later in life and, consequently, their sense of isolation and alienation becomes greatly magnified.
As a result of this disunity, she has the brothers'--and hence, the whole community's--superior selfsameness
become destabilized when one of them, Deacon, embarks upon a love affair with Consolata, the longest-residing and most central woman at the Convent who, in the course of their affair, gives Deacon a bleeding love bite (237).
impossible to say, in the selfsameness
this rhetoric encourages.
Our individual identity is not only distinct from other people's, it is also something that stays the same over time -- our selfsameness
-- at least as long as a particular idea of identity is not disrupted.
In fact, however, the undecidable and utopian nature of the gift is for him only an uncomfortable precariousness which has to be mastered through the restricted economy of property and selfsameness
. Although he attributes to himself the very characteristics of the gift--"camaleontico, chimerico, incoerente, inconsistente" (Piacere 278)--he ultimately subdues the enigma of an expenditure without return and without calculation to his "bisogno di conoscere" (Piacere 50).