Snowflake Individuality

“Like every person, each snowflake is unique.”

There are (roughly) 7 billion people in the world today. That’s quite a lot, when you really think about it; 7 billion people, each one with their own abilities, social groupings, and needs for food.

However, each human will differ, at least a little, from the other 6,999,999,999. There may be vast differences; one person may be a Canadian-born China inhabitant, while another may be a parent’s-basement-dwelling 30-year-old virgin. The differences may also be minimal; identical twins may share many of the same interests, but even they will have different opinions on some issues.

Now, take a look at snowflakes. Each little flake drifts down to earth, either piling on top of cold, frozen ground, or melting on contact. Now, consider how much acreage the average snowstorm is able to cover. Here in the Alleghenies, this is a very sizable amount of land.

Now, how many of these little flecks of snow does it take for even a dusting? Alternatively, how much snow needs to fall in order to see 3 feet of the white stuff looming on your driveway? I’m unsure where, exactly, one can find an estimate to fulfill these questions; however, the sheer number of snowflakes needed surely must surpass 7 billion, perhaps into the trillions, quadrillions, or beyond.

That’s where things start to get a little hazy. How can so many almost-impossible-to-see-with-the-naked-eye objects be different from one another? There must be a match in there somewhere! Too bad there’s no way to compare each flake with every other.

So, I tend to look at it this way: Snowflakes don’t make the perfect metaphor for individuality. Instead, they are the perfect example of power in numbers. While each and every one of us is special, it is how we interact with others that allows our true self to be brought out.

Let Snowflake Individuality Die

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One response to “Snowflake Individuality

  1. Well, I’ll put it this way: There are approximately 1,000,000,000,000,000,000 (that’s one quintillion) water molecules in a structure officially recognized as a snowflake (as opposed to, say, a hexagonal prism or graupel). Each of these molecules grow outward in different arrangements. While there probably isn’t a truly infinite number of possible snowflake configurations, the number of possible variations is too staggering to calculate, so for all intents and purposes, it IS infinite and no two ‘flakes have the same design.

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