In the course of evolution nature has gone to endless trouble to see that every individual is unlike every other individual....Physically and mentally, each one of us is unique. Any culture which, in the interests of efficiency or in the name of some political or religious dogma, seeks to standardize the human individual, commits an outrage against man's biological nature.
For every individual is a unique manifestation of the whole, as every branch is a particular outreaching of the tree. To manifest individuality, every branch must have a sensitive connection with the tree, just as our independently moving and differentiated fingers must have a sensitive connection with the whole body. The point, which can hardly be repeated too often, is that differentiation is not separation.
We're not unique in our family. We're more ambitious but we're not special. I'm not funnier than anyone else in my family; it's just that we wanted more than raleigh, north carolina, had to offer. If my brother wanted more than raleigh had to offer, you would know his name. My sister lisa has a really unique and different voice, but she doesn't want that. She's a fine writer, but never said, "i want a book. I want that kind of attention."
Friendship exhibits a glorious "nearness by resemblance" to heaven itself where the very multitude of the blessed (which no man can number) increases the fruition which each has of god. for every soul, seeing him in her own way, doubtless communicates that unique vision to all the rest. that, says an old author, is why the seraphim in isaiah's vision are crying "holy, holy, holy" to one another (isaiah vi, 3). the more we thus share the heavenly bread between us, the more we shall all have.