"Who what am I? My answer:
I am the sum total of everything that went before me,
of all I have been seen done,
of everything done-to-me.
I am everyone everything whose being-in-the-world affected
was affected by mine.
I am anything that happens after I’ve gone
which would not have happened if I had not come.
Nor am I particularly exceptional in this matter;
each "I," every one of the now-six-hundred-million-plus of us,
contains a similar multitude.
I repeat for the last time:
to understand me, you’ll have to swallow a world."-Saleem Sinai, Midnight’s Children by Salman Rushdie