The increasingly complicated 21st century world existence makes it imperative that everyone knows what the ID/identity means and about the importance of proving who we are. In this post of Words & Meanings, the meaning of the word ID short for identify is part of the many ways our ID/identity matters.
No longer do we live in a simple society, wherever we live or plan to go, or need to relocate to, the ID/identity we have proves who we are.
Wherever we were when we were born has given us an identify of some sort. Although in unsettled countries, often ID/identity may have not have the usual form the major nations of the world use. In the USA when we go to school, our parents will need to show our ID/identity with a birth certificate. If children come from another country without proof of ID/identity, then the parents will need to abide by the rules of the local school's Board of Education. It's up to the Board to make some form of exception to the birth certificate ID/identity.
From the date of birth, you can't be you without your ID/identity. Now people may have a choice to amend what it says re gender or parental origins. Although in this 21st century the USA and some other nations are examining ways to do this, depending on where you live those changes may or may not yet be possible.
What is the importance of your ID/identity?
To travel the world, or even in your local neighborhood, you need your ID/identity. Without that proof, you can't live in this 21st century world. More importantly to maintain living in our 21st century digital world you must have a "valid ID/identity." The many laws passed by the Federal government, especially "The Patriot Act" entail having a "valid ID/identity" to do your banking. You need a social security number to work in the USA. Even if working illegally, some form of Id/identity is necessary. There is no way anyone can exist with an ID/identity. Even someone who lives in a tent and is homeless will eventually need proof of who they are.
Your birth certificate may be difficult to obtain. There are various other forms of ID/identity that are often acceptable. All depending on the "decider" who wants to know who you are. f you don’t have one, you will have ask how you can comply. Whatever is important to you, at some point you will need to prove you are you, whether you like it or not. This is the result of the advances in technology and the complicated global world we live in.
As for voting, the Board of Elections is the "decider" about what they need to prove you are you. The USA is "alone" among all the nations of the world when it comes to proving who are to vote isn't necessary. For the past decade one political party's political advantage has become a mantra to eliminate any form of ID to vote. The voting process is in their playbook, depending on where you live you may be where proving you are you isn't necessary to vote.