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  • Writer's pictureBernard Beitman, MD

Are Human Beings and Snowflakes Equally Unique?

Updated: Jul 24, 2023

Because of your uniqueness, you alone decide the final meaning of a coincidence.

Naturally formed snowflakes differ from one another through happenstance of formation. (Source: Wikipedia Commons)

Can I compare you to a snowflake? Let me count the ways.

As far as anyone can tell, no two snowflakes have exactly the same shape. To prove this assertion would require gathering vast numbers of snowflakes and then comparing their shapes. No one has reported having done that. However, many photographs have been taken. The shapes are highly varied. Each snowflake has the same basic structure: six arms that make a hexagram when the tips are connected. Each flake requires some bit of dust or pollen as a nucleus around which to form. Each is made out of water. Each one is formed by the atmospheric conditions, including the temperature, moisture, and air pressure through which it falls. Each human has the same basic structure: two arms, two legs and a neck-head that form a pentagon when the tips are connected. Each of us is made out of mostly water with some protein and fat and small percentages of vitamins and carbohydrates. Each of us is influenced by the conditions through which we age including genetics, geography, society, culture, and the collective consciousness. Like a single snowflake you occupy a unique place in time and space. We are all similarly unique in this space-time way.

Similar and Different

Each of our minds is predisposed to see either similarities or differences. When considering uniqueness, It may be easier for you to think that snowflakes and humans are equally unique. Others may more easily focus on the differences. Simultaneously holding these opposites in mind can be challenging. Yet we are both similar to and different from a snowflake.

You are more complicated than a snowflake. Those complications lead to some important similarities among us humans.

Humans share similarities on several levels.

Similar world views bring people together, especially energized ones like hate of other groups, passion for justice and thirst for particular categories of new knowledge. You may share with some people similar personality characteristics, interpersonal energies, mental compatibilities, reciprocal loving capacities or emotional resonance. Some people, born and raised separately, with no genetic ties find a mirror in another. That mirror can be visual — their faces look very much alike. That mirror can reflect many of the same personal characteristics and a similar life history — doppelgangers. I know someone with whom we each feel our interpersonal energy is vibrating at the same frequency — twin flames. We are different from snowflakes in that we have many similarities.

Discerning the Meaning of a Synchronicity

When it comes to finding the meanings in coincidences, your uniqueness is primary. No one can see and experience the meaning from your viewpoint. You bring a unique history filled with personal symbolism that only you can call up to examine the coincidence. Yet you need not be alone in your analysis. By consulting with others, you at least hear yourself through the mind of the other. And some people have comments that clarify what you are thinking. To find someone who knows a lot about your kind of coincidence can be inspiring. More striking can be finding someone who has had a very similar synchronicity series. (Maybe there will be an app to connect you with such people.) Even then, you will have to fall back on your own counsel.

You are far more unique than similar to others. Learn that, rely on that, be that. Be you!

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