Watching the news footage of tiny twin pandas born at the National Zoo, I thought how many hands wished to reach for the five-ounce babies, feed, comfort, cuddle, measure and marvel at them and how that was a model worthy of note. Our own rarity is no less, regardless of how many humans inhabit this planet. Not one of these things is like any other. The fact that our species is not under immediate threat of extinction does not make any one of us common or ordinary. Though we are plentiful en masse, taken separately we are snowflakes, we are the geode's cavern which can't be guessed at until broken open, we have no match.
|The remarkable geode.|