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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.

Thoughts?

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  • Apr 21 2013: We are no more unique than the leaves on a tree. We emerge from the branch which emerges from the trunk which emerges from the root which emerges from the Earth. We live a short while, fall to the ground, and begin the journey again.

    There IS uniqueness in leaves, and in people. But it is Dwarfed by the Oneness that is ultimately so obvious and in front of our face that we Routinely and Habitually overlook it. This misperception of uniqueness is the Original Sin.......we truly believe that we are Separate from one another. We truly believe we are separate from this thing we call Nature. This is Why we are waging a war of Terror on Nature.........War is Always about Control and is grounded in the misperception of the Separateness of others and Our uniqueness. Perceived Specialness divides and ultimately destroys.

    We are not living this life. Life is living us.
    • Apr 22 2013: Love it, thanks Chris!!!
    • Apr 22 2013: Scott, your statement reminds me of a quote in one of Sir Ken Robinson's presentations (Education is Killing Creativity, I believe). He said something to the effect of, if all insects were to be removed from the planet, within 50 years, the earth would die out. If all humans were to be removed form the planet, within 50 years, the earth would flourish.

      Knowing how similar we are to each other is also knowing how destructive we can be on such a fragile system.

      How can we get people to understand everyone really is interconnected, that we really are fundamentally the same?
      I agree, that perceived specialness divides and ultimately destroys... look at celebrities, especially child artists or actors, who are segregated by fame. It also makes me think of a conversation between Dash and his mom in the movie, "The Incredibles":

      Helen Parr (telling her son why he's not allowed to do his best): "Right now, honey, the world just wants us to fit in."

      Helen Parr (to her son): "Everyone's special, Dash."
      Dash: "Which is another way of saying no one is."

      Pretty profound for a Disney movie...!
      • Apr 27 2013: Good morning....

        Your Question:

        "How can we get people to understand everyone really is interconnected, that we really are fundamentally the same?"

        My Answer:

        WE cannot transform others. Believing that we can reinforces our Original Misperception of Separateness. That there is an "I" that can "do" something to fundamentally change another.... This is a False Belief. :-)

        We can only transform our perceived Selves through Self-Inquiry. "Afterwards" the question of How to Cause a Perceptual Transformation in Others becomes irrelevant and ceases to be a concern. Though, others will be transformed in "your" presence.....Without Effort.

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