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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 22 2013: In the end, I think, it's all in our mind. While oneness (similarity) is reassuring, otherness (difference) is unsafe. Our minds swing between the two like a pendulum. At two ends of the swing lie our follies. Follies like communalism (our folk cannot be wrong) and suspicion (not one of us therefore enemy).
    • Apr 23 2013: Yes, Pabitra, difference scares us. I agree.
      In Dutch, there's a saying: 'Wat de boer niet kent, eet hij niet', in other words: what the farmer doesn't know, he won't eat. What we aren't familiar with, we won't touch. It applies to everything, of course. Like a child, who says he doesn't like sprouts because he's never tried them.
      If we don't know a musician, we won't listen to his/her music, if we don't know the artist, we won't look at his/her painting...

      Fortunately, I am getting the distinct impression those kinds of folks aren't here on TED...!

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