The iceberg of identity

How do you describe yourself to others?


I am a white American 53-year old male, of average height and weight, mostly white hair (a touch of pepper), green-blue eyes, and a decent tan.

That description is perhaps 90 percent of my outside appearance, but 10 percent of my interior spirit, mind and soul.

I’ve eaten out of dumpsters (for 2 years), gone from fundamentalist Christian to agnostic, spoken bits and pieces of six languages, traveled in many places, dated many women (and married one), gone from wanting five kids to zero, gone from anorexic (114 pounds/52 kg) to normal weight as a vegan, gone from vintage British convertibles to two bikes and two boats, earned a PhD but failed to play any musical instruments.

So do you know me now?


We — all of us — contain multitudes. Don’t judge or assume from the surface. Explore and appreciate what’s underneath.

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Author: David Zetland

I'm a political-economist from California who now lives in Amsterdam.

3 thoughts on “The iceberg of identity”

  1. David, I have more respect for you knowing that you are vegan! Curious where you go vegan dumpster diving?

    1. Sorry to disappoint you but I stopped being a vegan in 2002 and vegetarian in 2007. It’s a good diet for many reasons but i prefer flexitarian 🙂

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