Unique vs. Unique

If you were like me, growing up in the public school system there was no shortage of rhetoric about how “unique” everyone is or how special “every” individual is. You had special instruction in elementary school about what an oxymoron is.  And this one in particular is fairly dangerous.

Everyone is unique. Everyone is unique. Everyone is unique. That is what rolls off the tongues of teachers on a daily basis, and while there is an element of truth to the statement, it is far too obvious and very misleading. The fact that every person is different from each other should go without saying, it is something that is completely obvious and it is not a concept that is too hard to grasp. But what if I told you there are two versions of uniqueness?

By default human beings are given characteristics that set them apart from their peers. But at the same time, everyone’s life will have its own story and be led in a unique direction, which could either be good or bad. And that is where we come to the fork in the road. The first version of uniqueness points out what is different about a person on the outside. The second version of uniqueness points to what a person does that differentiates them form other people or humanity as a whole. The first type of uniqueness’s aim is to bring attention to ones self. It also allows for one to have pride in things that they have absolutely no control over. The second type of uniqueness’s aim is not selfish. It is aimed at making the actions that effect those around an individual more important than the actions that only effect the individual. It also sets a person apart because of actions actually accomplished by ones self.

Now lets look at the three tenets of the American left which tend to be secular: Race, gender and class. Take a look at the first two, race and gender. Both of these reflect the first type of uniqueness. They are out of the control of the individual, a male does not decide that he wants to be a male anymore than a Hispanic person gets to decide if he is Hispanic. Remember, we are talking solely about the clinical aspects, not the psychological aspects. So it would be hard to give a person credit being a certain race or sex, but it is done constantly.

If we look at the second type of uniqueness or what I will call “true uniqueness” you will find that gender and race are of no consequence. It does not matter if a person is of a certain race or gender, as long as what they are doing are things that better people around them, enhancing life or ease of life. In other words, innovators. And please think of this on a small scale, I do not want this to become an issue of war and peace or country and city, it is person to person.

So if we acknowledge that uniqueness cannot be “something” or “anything” that merely separates us, it must be something that sets us apart from the norm. So we now arrive at a question, what is “the norm?” This is where I have to take a side, I could either say that humans are basically good or I could say that humans are the opposite, not good, but self serving individuals. I side with the latter. That then reveals what the norm is. It is narcissism, and that leads to all kinds of evil in the world.

Uniqueness now becomes something far greater than epidermal or clinical aspects of humanity. While the term can be applied to appearance, fashion and style, it should not be limited to them, but I fear that in today’s society it has. We see what is now considered “unique” is vanity, essentially nothing, something that starts and stops with you. Never leaving your side, never doing anything to better the people around you, only benefiting you and propping you up. It is not unique at all, it gives birth to elitism and selfishness. And I think that is why God wants us to love our neighbors as much as we love ourselves. Because this is not new, man has been this way for a very long time and God knows that man is selfish. And if only we could tap into that love and admiration that we have for ourselves and direct it at others the world would be a better place.


2 Responses to “Unique vs. Unique”

  1. I like the direction your posts have been going. While it’s still a political/social issue, it comes off as real and personal. And these things fascinate me anyway…

    Keep it up

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