Unique

USome of y’all might know this already, but I have a clone. That’s right, in the very beginnings of my life, the cells of our egg split in two and formed two very separate and distinct living beings. It’s rare – more rare than two (or more) eggs becoming fertilized at the same time — but happens. Yep, I have an identical twin. She and I have the exact same DNA running through our bodies. Identical twins (triplets or whatever) are the only naturally occurring human clones that I know of. But even with my clone walking the Earth alongside me, we are unique. Everyone is. My twin and I may share the same genetic material, but the world shaped us to be very different people.

1het01There are no two people on this world who are exactly the same. I can say this with 99.9% certainty. Everyone is a unique and special snowflake. And because we’re all so distinctive, we — all of us — have so very much in common. As much as some people want to be seen as exceptional and remarkable because of their uniqueness, they’re really not.  Because everyone in this world is unique. There is no generation that suffers differently than the generation before it. The details might be different, but the angst is the same.  Every generation laments that the generation before them have “broken” the world and it’s their job to fix it while at the same time they wail that the generation following is not worthy of the world they’re leaving behind.  It’s amazing to watch, actually.  I mean, it’s like every snowflake is unique, right? And when you look at a snowflake it is beautiful and delicate, but put countless snowflakes together and they all just blend together in a sea of sameness. Still kind of beautiful, but completely not unique.  Put too many together and it becomes a natural disaster.

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  1. Someone told me, or I read somewhere that human beings need to feel ‘unique’, special and one of a kind. Something about becoming an independent thinking adult. I’ve also heard that Americans (in particular) like to think they’re special. But as you point out so eloquently, the bald truth is that we’re not unique, we’re not special. I don’t know how many billions of people there are on Mother Earth at this time, but with all that humanity, there’s got to be a lot of overlap. Even God doesn’t have that big an imagination (or maybe He does, but we just don’t realize it). I think it’s a life long task for humans to find out HOW they’re special or unique. Course by the time you find out, it’s probably time to die. Hmpft.

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    • No, you misunderstand, we are unique. There’s no one in the world who is exactly like me, and there’s no one in the world who is exactly like you. No one. Every person is a unique person. But even though we are all unique, we are not special, because we are all part of the same, big, human family. As the quip goes, “You are unique, just like everyone else.” So yeah, unique, but not special.

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