In a flock, one can’t differentiate one flamingo from the other.

Get closer and we note the peculiarity of each bird.

Get closer and … extrapolate …

Ordinary People

Why “identically different” 🙂

A quote from Fallen Grace : “You toss up the pieces and it never falls into place in exactly the same pattern twice.”

There is plenty more than meets the eye > Be Gone Satan!

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The Brothers Grinn

return on

On Saturday, 18 May

Oh, no 😯

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71 comments

  1. So glad you liked Mud because it brought me here to read about the flamingos – love that you’re writing about our greatest paradox- the one in the many and the many in the one. I think it’s the engine that drives our cosmos. My favorite word is “extrapolate”- what a heavenly charge- says it all dear wiseman

    1. Hello Christine (or is it Magdalene?)

      Welcome aboard 🙂

      Individually, the pixels of life are identical – but with limitless variations of conjoining, I reckon. There’s no one right answer – only the answer that is right – for each of us.

      Thank you and all good wishes,
      Eric

  2. Everything in the universe are like jigsawed pieces that combine to unify, no two pieces are the same. So who said : birds of the same feather flocks together…LOL.

    You always come up with some thought-provoking post. Enjoyed this one immensely.

  3. one thing i realized here in wordpress especially among writers… we’re all different but still we’re all alike. We write about different things and have different writing styles but more or less, we have the same goals– to express, to connect, and to inspire 🙂

    1. Hello Joseyphina,

      You landed 6 awards in one go! Congratulations six fold 🙂

      With well over 700 blog followers, I feel honoured that you chose me to be among your 15 nominees. Thank you my dear 🙂

      All good wishes, Eric

  4. How would you even know that you were being different if your perception adjusts to your experience? Maybe you might remember that things were the same, but on foresight rather than hindsight you realise that they probably won’t be? It’s all pink; flamingos are all pink.

  5. My mind went right to the x-ray of my “boxer’s break” in my right hand. Forever there will be a grayed area, the line of demarcation, where, althought healed, the area could not heal to the exactness of the hand, pre-break. On the ouside, on a good day, the hand looks fine, but come closer and see a slight bump there, and how different it seems than my left hand. I don’t know why my mind went there, but you did it again…made me think. Even at * am, when usually I am brian dead, until noon 🙂

    1. Well, Eva, my apologies if this triggered painful memories.
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      Strange that your mind to this memory wanders
      What catalyst his words, this author wonders
      The beast that did this, now unloved, wanders
      A treasure, he abused and lost, but why we wonder
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      You are so right – beneath lies the marks of life.

      Luv and hugz,
      Eric

      1. Eric, No apology necessary because while the break in my hand happened because I punched the headboard of my bed (instead of my husband, better choice, no jail time LOL) it serves as a reminder that every rift may not be repaired as good as new, including my marriage and my hand. I am stronger from this knowledge and while easily reminded of his misdeeds, I am going to be ok.

        Beautiful sentiment. Thank you for being a friend.

        xo

  6. A lot of wisdom lies in this piece, Eric. Like some of the commentaries already, ‘identically different’ had me thinking in a couple of ways: though unique, we are basically the same. It’s also true that there will be two sides to every thing in life–a balancing effect.

    1. Thank you, Uzo, for your visit and contribution.

      I hoped “identically different” would set off tangential streams and you’re right – readers comments reflect the trove of thoughts floating out there. We’ve seen marvellous contributions.

      Peace, Eric

  7. A high five and a haiku for you…

    Same yet different
    That is natures clever game
    Individuals

    Compliments of Humorous Interludes

    © 2013 Ronald J. Yarosh

    1. Good one, Ron – should the last sentence include an “all” to complete the 5-7-5

      Cheers, Eric
      P/s Then again, “individuals” can be a 5, I suppose.

      1. I counted it as five, in·di·vid·u·al. (I got that from the dictionary in Word).

        I suppose it can be pronounced as a four depending on the region of the world. Sorry for the confusion.

        Thanks for your comment. Ron

  8. I consider my own children: all six of them were raised in the same home, shared experiences and a similar environment, yet each one is unique. Multiply six times the infinite number of our Father’s children and the unique similarities are dazzling. Another of the wonders of God, manifest through His creations. Blessings, Peg.

      1. Yes, Peg, I read “Like Sparrows’ Wings” and gathered the theme – very happy to have triggered this. Let’s keep spreading it around 🙂

  9. Well done Eric! It is a good poem, and the ensuing discussion a credit to its provocative nature. It all makes me think of snowflakes, something you don’t see in Singapore. All, to borrow your provocative phrase, are identically different and so beautiful both individually and together. Perhaps mankind hasn’t attained their full collective beauty yet.
    Cheerio, Jane

    1. Hello Jane,

      Snowflakes look different > but each one is uniquely shaped

      Broken down to water, molecules, atoms, protons, electrons, neutrons > identical constituents

      Rejoin the constituents in every which way > wondrous permutations

      Where does this stop > I wonder

  10. No matter how similar we seem, we each come at life with a different set of references, making it impossible for us to ever be the same.

  11. I wonder if one day we’ll all fit together as a large and intricate puzzle, Eric, our differences being the key to all things Universal…. 🙂 xPenx

  12. very nice – similarity and difference are the tools of creation – where one ends and another begins makes it so interesting – i read some where that we need to ponder the origins of the word individual which actually means that which canot be seperated from a whole whereas with our egos we are dividuals rather than individuals (Bohm) – what a wonderful concept – identically different – so true, every bit of one human is identical in shape and form to the other yet no two fingerprints match.

    1. I love your comment, Indrajit.

      Like you, I’m no teacher nor a preacher but a seeker. Occasionally, I prick and marvel at all the wisdom that flows out of the readers here. I believe that all of us are immensely wise beyond our own human understanding – wisdom accummulated over past lives, wisdom dammed and awaiting the moment a wedge is dislodged before it flows out in measured portions at appropriate times – for a fleeting peek into the Marvellous Beyond.

      In this, we are all one and yet, different.

      Peace, Eric

      1. Eric thanks – my ego is working overtime now lol
        More seriously, WordPress is a gold mine, thanks to those who conceived it seeking to make the better best with all there care and stats and widgets and support and tools – who would go to so such lengths except the committed – enabling like minded possibly rare individuals to come together on one platform – i recal once a very learned bishop with whom i shared my thoughts said, there are very few alas out there who would understand or be interested in what you say – here there are many – and one more thing, if you havent read my post ‘Of Similarity and Difference’ and the one about ‘Four Cats’ after that then please do – it matches the thoughts of your post nicely – and i would appreciate your comments on them – good wishes – Indrajit

  13. Hahaha…identically different! Marvellous oxymoron. And the world is a more colourful place because of that. Now, come to think of it, should humanity not strive to complement one another with our unique strengths and weaknesses rather than compete and decimate?

    1. Complement instead of compete – now that is a mantra worth living by, I reckon.

      We each can contribute in our own little ways, Vera. I make it a point to smile at people I meet – the HDB block sweeper, the ah soh who cleans the tables in the hawker centre and so. Some of them stare back – think I must be weird. I keep smiling and after a few days, they look forward to exchanging smiles with me – a great feeling.

      All good wishes,
      Eric

  14. Hi Sir Eric,

    I’ve read same quote a this and yeah I like it so much! 🙂

    By the way sir, you have purchased already your own domain.. wow… that’s cool.

    1. Hello Jon,

      Nice to have you drop by – it has been a while and happy to re-connect 🙂

      Yes, I decided to acquire the domain – it took awhile to realise that I’m going to keep blogging.

      All good wishes,
      Eric

      1. Yes sir that’s great!

        and mine has just expired and I never renewed it :P… ill be renewing soon… for a new fresh domain again.

        keep in touch sir Eric 🙂

  15. So much said in so few words. We are all very similar and all very different at the same time. By Jove, I think I’ve got it. Thanks Eric.

    1. Depending on how deep we gaze, we are one and different – you got it right my dear.

      Hope all went well in the office, Susan.

      Enjoyed that little horror flick you wrote – Cara might reappear as Kara.

      Peace, Eric

    1. So very true Somi dear – yes, I didn’t think of this – even the same plant variety exhibit different shades. I learnt something new – Thank you 🙂

  16. Not being able to see the forest for the trees…or not being able to see the trees for the forest and can we go one step further…lovey meditation today Eric…thanks for sharing it!

  17. Hi Eric –

    that falling into pieces reminds me of poetry, could we write the exact poem a week later, or would some word or syllable differ just because we are different than we were a week ago?

    1. I share your sentiments, Bill.

      If writing from memory, obviously we ‘youngens’ 🙂 might not get it spot on the second time.

      But I follow what you mean. Everytime I revisit a poem written by a master – I perceive meanings and nuances that missed me earlier. Living words, these – and mirror our life experiences and ‘evolution’ as it were.

      Cheers, Eric

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