Everyone Is Not Different

I am astonished by how often students claim that “everyone is different” and think that they have said something relevant to discussion of topics such as morality or religion. Human beings are not entirely different from one another, and it is not clear that things which no two humans have in common pertain to either of these areas, or any of the others in which students tend to assert that people are all different. Morality, religion, music, food, and many other things are shared in common among significant numbers of human beings.

When did it catch on to assert that “everyone is different” in these contexts? And why haven’t more people taken the few moments necessary to think about this in order to realize that, in these specific areas, it simply isn’t true?

The fact that no two snowflakes are identical doesn’t mean that they do not share a common molecular composition, nor that they do not share comparable processes of formation.

Ironically, a great many students seem to have in common that they assert “everyone is different” without really thinking about it.

  • A. David Lewis

    This is the scene from Monty Python’s “Life of Brian” that instantly sprung to mind: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jVygqjyS4CA

    • Gary

      Ahhh! Brian was a follower of Thomas.
      “Let one who seeks not stop seeking until one finds.”
      “If your leaders say to you, ‘Look, the kingdom is in heaven,’ then the birds of heaven will precede you…Rather, the kingdom is inside you and it is outside you.”
      “When you know yourselves, then you will be known, and you will understand…”
      Unfortunately, the crowd is made up of Gnostics, who like chanting. Think different is hard.

  • markhh

    Its an easy cop-out so that nobody has to be wrong. Or change the way they act.


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