I wouldn't hesitate to say that every human being wants to be different from
others. It's such an obsession that we always talk about why we humans are different from
other animals. We're so sure that there is something that distinguishes our species from
other species. We certainly know that our planet is a special planet. If being a Homo
sapiens were a job, thinking about the difference between me and others would
be an absolute requirement for the job.
Lack of difference means being identical to someone else. If any two things or people are
identical, they are replaceable. And any normal person would deny that this is the case
for him/her. This is not only about existence. It's about taking one's place in any whole
as a non-replaceable element. Every employee wants the boss to say that his/her work is
unique. The favorite sentence in a yearbook write-up is always the same: "It will be
impossible to find another such friend."
Despite the fact that the real difference among people lies in their individual
experiences, we tend to express our differences by differentiating our appearances and
styles. This popular solution, which deals with the result instead of the source, is way
easier than the other alternative.
But you can witness the results of this "easier" way all around you, every day
in any crowd. People, who let their lives pass without daring to learn anything new, try
to be different in the way they look. Unsurprisingly, and ironically, most of them end up
looking identical to each other. However, though you can see hundreds of identical
sweaters, you can never come across two identical experiences. Each experience is unique.
Thus, the "harder" way enables you to create your own distinctive existence: a
chance to really exist.
Most of us are going to graduate within a few years. We all plan to be happy after wearing
all black in the Odeon. Since hundreds of graduates will possess the same diploma from the
same high-quality university as ours, we won't reach success unless we can give a good
answer beyond our good looks when somebody asks, "Why should I choose you?" I
guess that's why this campus features social activities alongside a valuable education: To
make us able to discover the answers within.
İsmail O. Postalcıoğlu (POLS/II)