You are unique, but you are not unique

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    Dec 30, 2008 7:01 AM GMT
    Just think about this for a moment, but I'm sure you already knew about this..

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    Dec 30, 2008 4:54 PM GMT

    No, because the things that makes you unique, makes you different than everyone else. If everyone is unique (different) than no they aren't the same because those terms cancel eachother out. Ex, if you have nine red vases on a shelf and all of them are unique in some small way, no they are not the same. Being unique keeps them from being the same: the difference with a vase would almost always be tangible, but with people the differences are that but also often palpable!
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    Dec 30, 2008 5:02 PM GMT


    Well, let's look at it this way; every human on the planet is a person, but every person is different.
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    Dec 30, 2008 5:17 PM GMT
    Well everyone human being that is ever born is unique since no two people have exactly the same genetic makeup and the exact same life experiences. That is why it is so hard sometimes for people to get along. It is hard to step out of your own life and try and understand another persons. After all you did not experience what they experienced and you do not have the same genetic attributes. It is amazing that we get along as well as we do all things considered.
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    Dec 30, 2008 5:21 PM GMT
    This topic reminds me of the two "unique" movements we had during my lifetime, first the Beatniks and then the Hippies.

    And I remember being struck by the fact that all these people trying so hard to be different ("unique") from previous generations, all ended up being the same. There was positively a Hippie uniform, of bell bottom pants, tie-dyed shirt, maybe a vest, long hair (often ironed flat for women), facial hair on men, fringed leather accessories, a certain style of jewelry, etc. Even today, if you saw that look you'd instantly know it was a Hippie from the 60s and 70s.

    So where's the uniqueness in that? Perhaps it's an illusion. It certainly is when it's the result of too conscious an effort, and merely going from one type of conformity to another.

    I wonder that the only truly unique people are the genuine eccentrics. Not something I particularly admire or want to emulate, I'll admit.

    I'm happy being quite ordinary in most respects, but selective in my choices nonetheless. I don't make uniqueness a goal, but rather a consequence of trying to keep an independent & personal approach to my life and the world. I trust my judgment, and follow it.

    If that make me unique, fine. If it doesn't, let's talk about redefining unique. LOL!
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    Dec 30, 2008 5:48 PM GMT
    Vespa, I am with you on this one! Tryingtolive, you make a good point,
    If in trying to be be unique, we simply emulate another group we are NOT special, Truly unique people follow no set of rules or fashion,
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    Dec 30, 2008 6:26 PM GMT
    Good food for thought... I guess no one is unique afterall, because we are all different, hehe!

    And like tallGMWvballer said: Truly unique people follow no set of rules or fashion.

    But then aren't those unique people all the same?

    LOL! icon_rolleyes.gif
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    Dec 30, 2008 6:44 PM GMT
    Oh Nooooo!

    Entropy
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    Dec 30, 2008 7:08 PM GMT
    muttskins saidGood food for thought... I guess no one is unique afterall, because we are all different, hehe!

    And like tallGMWvballer said: Truly unique people follow no set of rules or fashion.

    But then aren't those unique people all the same?

    LOL! icon_rolleyes.gif

    My very point. Most people who consciously set out to be unique, seem to end up merely adopting a pattern someone else has already created. It may not be mainstream, but it still follows a pattern that others use. That's not very unique in my view.

    As for myself, I don't think in terms of uniqueness, and that's never been my goal. But I do like the phrase "thinking out of the box."

    Original thinking is how I've gained most of my successes & accomplishments. I like to "step back" and redefine all the terms, dismissing most of the assumptions that others are making, basically starting from scratch. I try to avoid "group think."

    And the truth is, it's not difficult, actually rather easy. The trick lies less in creating new ideas, than in dismissing old ones. Once you clear the slate, the answers appear on their own. Original thinking means just that: what has not been thought of before. Clear away the mental debris, and solutions present themselves.
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    Dec 30, 2008 7:20 PM GMT


    OK, my head has a stomach ache...
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    Dec 30, 2008 7:25 PM GMT
    Grammar Nazi is waiting to see if anyone will use the phrase 'more unique' and then he shall pounce!
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    Dec 30, 2008 7:47 PM GMT
    Red_Vespa saidEven today, if you saw that look you'd instantly know it was a Hippie from the 60s and 70s.

    So where's the uniqueness in that?


    I guess it depends on the scope you're dealing with. By adopting a "uniform", even an unconventional one, yes a person sacrifices some individual uniqueness. But to become part of such a distinctive group carries uniqueness on a larger scale. So whereas an individual hippie, for example, might not be so unique, particularly when compared to others like him/her, the hippie look/style/culture is clearly distinctive and unique as it was like nothing else of the time. I mean, if you've got a look that can clearly be locked into a specific decade of a specific country....what could be more unique* than that? Besides, you know, getting down to a specific city within a specific state....but once you start getting that small, having these tiny patches of uniqueness everywhere begins to devolve into a sort of white noise. To paraphrase Syndrome, "If everyone's unique, then no one will be."

    *Waits for Grammar Nazi to leap before he looks
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    Dec 30, 2008 8:31 PM GMT
    ...you bet your sweet bippy I do.
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    Dec 31, 2008 8:28 AM GMT
    My final word is this:

    You are all unique - just like everybody else!

    Macaque
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    Dec 31, 2008 8:59 AM GMT
    I really hope you're being facetious because this sounds like sophistry.
  • JayneCobb

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    Dec 31, 2008 9:04 AM GMT
    You are not special. You are not a beautiful or unique snowflake. You're the same decaying organic matter as everything else.

    You're not your job. You're not how much money you have in the bank. You're not the car you drive. You're not the contents of your wallet. You're not your fucking khakis. You're the all-singing, all-dancing crap of the world.
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    Jan 01, 2009 12:19 PM GMT
    bgcat57 saidOh Nooooo!

    Entropy


    This = Fashion Heat Death icon_biggrin.gif

    The most annoying thing about this quest of uniqueness are that people who seek them usually also lose the uniqueness by idolizing society 'rebels'. People who go against everything (fashion, morality, reason, law, etc) and in doing so, emulate people who also went against everything.

    Isn't that a bit paradoxical? I therefore slap the Koan label on this one. Hmmm............ *strokes beard*