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Lizanne Hennessey

Singer Songwriter & Vocal Coach, Lizanne Hennessey - Voice Coach

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Are we really all the same?

We are all unique.
Which by definition means, we are all different.
Which, in turn, should mean we're all the same.
But we're not, because we're all unique.

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    Apr 21 2013: All the same, all different.... One thing is certain... We all share the same planet. .... Unless some alien is reading this and taking the idea of TED to a different planet... Who are we? We is inclusive... So when I read we in this context, I assume that the author refers to humans... Whether someone believes in evolution or is stuck in creation, we meet here because we share some characteristics that include us in this group. So it also sets "us" apart from other animals... Unfortunately WE humans concentrate perhaps a little too much on the speculations about who we are rather then how we can survive as the collective.... The species. 7 billion of us? Perhaps as resources become rarer and the fighting for access becomes fiercer we will again intensify the differentiation between the good we and the bad others. ....
    • Apr 22 2013: Hi Michael, welcome to this engaging conversation and thank you for your 'two cents'!

      You said, "we concentrate perhaps a little too much on the speculations about who we are rather than how we can survive as the collective".

      You are so right. We spend so much time focused on ourselves, on who we are, where we come from, we are faced inward, when what we should really be doing is focusing on each other.
      I try to teach my kids to respect themselves, express themselves and communicate their feelings, good or bad, in the hopes that this will 'arm' them with the tools to respect and communicate with others.
      Would you agree, that once we have a handle on ourselves, we can turn outward and concentrate on each other. If we aren't given the tools as children to survive, how can we be expected to survive as a collective?

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