In the preceding post, I express my fondness for the construct “I am of the opinion…”
I suppose that’s because, in the first person, we are almost solely “of” things that are indistinct. We may have things, be things, do things, but when it comes to being “of”, the phrase “I am of” is almost certain to be followed by “the opinion”, “the belief”, or “the understanding”.
The same limitations do not hold true to other people. He may be of vast muscles and little else, she may be of the Boston Beauregards, but I? I build myself by being of those things that I believe and I understand.
And I’m of a belief that that says something about our self-image and our understanding of ourselves.
(Added later: Thinking about it, the only second person usage that comes to mind is “ye of little faith”.)