'Being Unique'', is actually not Unique

March 13, 2017

There is an anonymous saying that ‘’being the best is great, you're the number one. Being unique is greater, you're the only one’’. I believe a unique core self is born into every human being; the result of millennia of environment and heredity combined in an unpredictable way that could never happen before or again. However, there is an inherent danger for those who interpret uniqueness religiously and will not position themselves to see the progressiveness of being unique.

I'm not sure there's ever been a generation with an almost cult-like devotion to the concept of being unique and different quite like this one. And yet, ironically, I'm not sure there's been a generation more uniform in their thinking, and more willing to shut down and trample on anything that actually is different than this one.

The most revolutionary thing you could do in a culture like ours, which has elevated uniqueness as a doctrine, but anathematized it as a practice, is to be constantly open to change. If they tell you not to listen to somebody, listen to everything they've ever said. If they tell you not to read so and so's books, commit them to memory. You might come out agreeing with them that they are an unsavory individual, but at least you actually created the space for a transformation of thought to occur, instead of just blindly chanting whatever mantra it is everyone else is chanting.

Honestly, I'm weary of hollow eyed millennials and young adults who speak like progressives but are as mobile as rocks. Create an atmosphere in which actual progression is possible, and put the cult-like devotion to the concept to bed.



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