unique yet one

Our human life is interwoven with a beautiful paradox — each of us is unique yet we are all one.

We all are made of almost the same genetic material, we all have the same body composition. We all have the same body parts and organs, yet each of us — as an individual — is unique. We have different opinions, thoughts, beliefs, and our own unique perception of the world dictated by the sum of impressions that we have experienced so far in life.

And if we look from a broader perspective, we are all part of the same collective being. Like our body parts and organs serve a unique purpose and role to maintain and sustain the well-being of our body, each of us serves a unique purpose and role as well in the grand scheme of things.

As John Cage, the American composer, artist and an ardent student of Zen philosophy, said: “That one sees that the human race is one person (all of its members parts of the same body, brothers—not in competition any more than hand is in competition with eye) enables him to see that originality is necessary, for there is no need for eye to do what hand so well does.”

That’s why it’s so important to respect our fellow humans because each of them is unique and has their own role intrinsic value and purpose on this planet. When we become better versions of ourselves, we also inspire others to become better versions of themselves, and vice versa. When we encourage, help and support others, we also encourage, help and support ourselves.

Marcus Aurelius, the Roman emperor and a dedicated Stoic, wrote in his personal reflections, “The universe made rational creatures for the sake of each other, with an eye toward mutual benefit based on true value and never for harm.”

We need to remind ourselves constantly to take care of others, along with taking care of ourselves. Only then we’ll be able to help others and ourselves to unlock our true potential, live an exceptional life and make this world a better place to live in.