McLuhan TT notes to self

The problem of authority and obedience is inseparable from the quest for identity. If there is no private independent personal substance such has always occupied the thoughts of the sages, then all matters of authority and obedience are frivolous, all services and disservices indifferent and equal. If there is no personal identity, indefeasible ad intransient, then human society can only be the "Penal Colony" evoked by Franz Kafka ?