Quiddity

It is important that I distinguish haecceity from quiddity.  Haecceity is our essential uniqueness, our special “thisness,” those crucial irreplaceable elements that make each one of us an absolutely different individual from all people who have ever walked Planet Earth. On the other hand, quiddity refers to those common traits,  a “whatness,” those human features and traits each one of us share with all other humans. Quiddity is a shared heritage and history we have in common with all other humans. Quiddity includes those conspecific Out of Africa inherited DNA features we share with all of humanity. The human genome gives us a commonality of shared human features, but at the same time it gives each of us genetic mutational unique features. This difference makes each one of us a genetic  mutant having our own unique genetic flaws and strengths. I celebrate my unique features and traits I was born with, and I take pride in and I recognize those common features and traits I share with all of humanity.

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