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I have a debate-provoking question, and I am curious as to how other therians think mainly. I have my own thoughts on the answer to this question, but I would rather hear others' first, as I am curious if there are any patterns involved and whether it is indicative of the structure of therian personal identity. Of course, I would be happy if non-therian Otherkin also replied, but my primary interest here is what individuals who specifically identify as nonhuman animals think. To identify as something, one would generally presume that there is something that has an identity as which one might identify. (That sounded a bit weird, but mostly I mean that one can identify with things that don't have identities, but generally not as. For instance, one might identify with an old jacket that is left in the mud if one is feeling kind of existential and lonely (that jacket represents well what one is feeling in a very poetic way), but one would not identify as an old jacket that is left in the mud because the jacket has no personal identity. Rather it has characteristics given to it through personification, such as the personality of the individual who owned it or discarded it.) Please include your reasoning if you have looked into the topic or just your feelings/beliefs on the matter, such as what you feel to be the case at your core, regardless if you could mount a defense of it at the moment. Also, please keep things friendly and civil.