In many aspects one remains the same over considerable periods of time, but evolving tastes, for instance, are a sign that the "you" that recalls childhood events and feelings is still a different "you". Memory is a funny component in this: consider that for a period of about two and a half years I simply could not spontaneously bring the name "Otis Redding" to mind, or even through some deliberation. I could play his songs in my head, visualize footage I had seen if performances, such as at Monterey in 1967 or on TV, but damned if I could muster the name at the same time - that would come minutes, hours, or even days later. In fact, I have of late had incidents like that in relation to football (soccer) commentators, the latest being David Pleat, whose voice, idiom, and even face I could recall in a conversation on Sunday, yet the name only came to my conscious mind about 30 minutes ago. This is a more substantial matter than one might think, because in some significant measure we are also who we are in relation to others and our experiences. Consider those who are on the downward slide of Alzheimer's disease and senile dementia; I have a buddy whose father, whom I have known since my teen-years, suffered a series of series of mild strokes just over a decade ago, and has been diagnosed with Alzheimer's for just over five years now. This person is not self -aware sufficiently to remember that he is no longer legally allowed to drive; he often is not clear on what town he lives in; he has become rude and abusive of his adult daughters, and his wife, which is utterly behavior uncharacteristic of the person we all knew, and of which he is often not himself aware. It sometimes takes firm and sharp words from my buddy, his son, to bring him around a bit to more the person we knew, and for him to feel and be aware of the person we have known him to be. Thus, one may ask not whether he is "in there", but also how much of "him" is "in there", and how much a new person. You are who you is, but to function socially how much of "you" is enough?
Ebet labour ne zizoner un den.
For once we were gods, so shall we be again!