Why is a sense of identity so important? This connects into my story about the coming of the new age. My main character Shar is the half alien/human that was engineered to usher in the new age in which humanity’s gene pool will be merged with alien DNA. This will create a new species. One of the “side effects” will be the loss of a certain amount of individuality that humans as single entities currently have. The minds amongst individuals will be more synchronized like the alien race, if the original vision (Shar’s engineered purpose) is fulfilled. Many groups during the series will have their own visions for Shar and their design for the new world; and one of the issues that are affected is individuality and self-identity. Currently, I’m researching the evolution of self-identity in humans to help with my plot and your responses will help. Why is a sense of identity so important in the survival/downfall of humanity? Would you sacrifice your individuality or sense of self in order for humanity to evolve? Does a “survival of the fittest” system innately breed individuality or the perception of individuality? Without a “survival of the fittest” system, could humanity survive?