I know my 23rd chromosome is XY. I cannot change that. But that’s not my problem. My problem exists between the abstract and the physical. How much more esoteric can it get, right?
You’re looking at a crevasse from a thousand kilometers away and telling me it’s just a tiny scratch. I’m traversing it and can tell you it’s a massive chasm.
You’re perspective is not wrong, just incomplete and lacking the tools to measure. If you want to know more I can offer my experience. Otherwise your statement is noted and I bid you well.
Okay. We get the physical. What is abstract in this comparison?
Simple: The mind.
There is no physical existence to the mind except as the firing of neurons. But there’s an enormous gap between interconnected neurons firing in patterns to those patterns imagining a warm sunny day in a grass field or contemplating a future event.
Thus the mind is an abstract thing that rides within patterns of firing neurons.
Identity is an organisms’ sense of self. Just like the mind this sense doesn’t exist physically. It’s an abstract concept that is unique to every organism.
Now being abstract we cannot say how identity emerges. We can say it’s influenced by the body and the environment but that’s not creation.
Identity rarely fits perfectly with biology. A majority of people look at some part of themselves and say “I should not be this way.” What is wrong and how much is wrong varies from person to person. Sometimes it’s being overweight. Sometimes it’s a destructive habit. Rarely it happens to an entire limb – BDD. And then there are cases where sex is the problem.
When sex is the problem we call it gender dysphoria – a sense of unease about our biological sex that causes distress. In this case the problem that emerges is not that the mind is faulty or the body is faulty. Both work correctly.
The problem is identity developed the wrong sense of self. This setting of identity cannot be undone without causing severe trauma, damaging the person in the process. Changing the body on the other hand is not traumatic in and of itself.
Either way, aligning body and mind fixes the problem.