(2020-02-28 5:08)Tdae Wrote: I'm kind of in this category, but for a different reason than you said. I'm a wolf, but is it subjective reality or unreality? I think I was born with a standard issue mammalian brain that is capable of emulating humans and other mammals to an extent. If you draw a picture of a wolf, isn't it like a wolf? A model of a wolf. Wolves. I'm having a bit of a hard time with this actually because I feel I'm too disconnected for a therian.
There is animportant difference between an emulation of a wolf and an actual wolf. An emulation of a wolf created by the human brain is not the same as the behaviour of an actual wolf, because of the human brain. That means it's a human wolf emulation, making it more of a human thing than a wolf thing.
Let's take it one step further, and take myself as an example for a minute. Now, I'm a snow leopard therian. But I can't say I'm a snow leopard. If I did, that would have some dire implications. Because it would mean I'm also saying the following photograph I took is a picture of a snow leopard in it's natural habitat.
Right. Now we got that out of our way it's safe to say that, if I said that was a photo of a snow leopard, others who get told this would be very confused. Members of TG would know what I actually meant, since they know me by now, but linguistically what I said wouldn't make any sense at all. It's obviously a photo of a human. By that extension, it also wouldn't make any sense to say I am a snow leopard, because I'm obviously a human. For it to linguistically make any sense, we have to add more context. And the context that makes the most sense is "snow leopard therian", "someone who somewhat feels like they are snow leopard", "someone who sometimes displays more snow leopard behaviour", or something similar.
So, for you, saying "I am a wolf" would be a great way to describe how you FEEL inside. But the sentence is a subjective reality to you and other therians, and an unreality for everyone else. "I am a X" without further context is something people outside of the therian community understand very differently. Saying "I feel like I am X some/half/most of the time" is something both people inside and outside the therian community understand in the same way, since the context is already in the sentence. Do you notice how different it sounds?
Is there something wrong with using "I am a X" to describe your feelings to other therians? I don't really think there is. Just keep in mind when and, more importantly, how you say things outside the therian community to describe your feelings.