Just imagine this. A manufacturer is given this challenging order:
“Supply 6 billion pieces of equipment which have these qualities
Each piece, though similar in design, must have the chemical composition of the material used in manufacture, infinitely variable so that no two pieces are exactly the same.
Each piece must be individually marked with a pattern or design (not numbers or letters) to distinguish it from every other piece.
Each piece constructed must have the ability to reproduce itself and in so doing identify the reproduction as having emanated from itself.”
A challenge indeed! A challenge not capable of being performed by any manufacturer in the World despite all the amazing technological advances that have been made.
However, a manufacturer, somewhere, was able to deliver the order without any problem. The resultant product was the Human Being.
Each human being is made up of a material that has a chemical composition different to any other human and that composition is known as DNA. Each Human being has a patterned identification known as fingerprints, which identifies every person as an individual. The human has the ability to reproduce itself and upon each reproduction implant identification material in the form of DNA which will positively identify the source of that reproduction.
Just take a moment to consider the complexity of the mathematics involved in providing Humans with these uniquely individual identifying traits. There are approximately 6 billion inhabitants of this World of ours and 90 million more coming on line each year. Each being has ten hand digits so there has to be 60 billion patterns in existence that are all varied and 900 million new patterns have to be developed annually.
Were these identifiers built into Humans just to aid the work of crime agencies or to resolve paternity issues? Not likely. There is some much higher need for these sophisticated characteristics of identification. Perhaps, just as we have Government agencies who register Births, Deaths and Marriages and , for example, Motor Vehicles, there is some Ethereal Registry that keeps track of each of us wherever and whenever. Wherever we go we touch something and maybe this is the manner in which our deeds are recorded. Perhaps these are the identifiers of our souls. Whatever we touch or wherever a hair or the sweat of our brow may fall, we leave our mark.
Omar Khayyam (1050-1122) was a notable Persian Mathematician and Astronomer. He was renowned for his collection of Poetry known as the Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam. I wonder what he was really saying when he wrote
” The moving finger writes and having writ moves on: nor all thy piety nor wit shall lure it back to cancel half a line, nor all thy tears wash out a word of it.”
Did he have some similar thoughts about the significance of the fingers and their unique patterns or was he just talking about the written word? I have read much of Omar Kayyam’s material and gleaned from it that he was a man in search of answers about the purpose and meaning of life ; his verse indicates that these answers were never revealed to him as in this piece:
Myself when young did eagerly frequent
Doctor and Saint, and heard great argument
About it and about: but evermore
Came out by the same Door wherein I went.
When a motor vehicle has its registration expire, the number plates are handed in to the appropriate authority. These plates can later be issued to another vehicle. Is this what occurs to us when we expire? Is our soul re issued to another vehicle to transport it? If we had the resources to catalog the entire World’s fingerprints and DNA records would we find over ensuing generations the reappearance of fingerprints and DNA that had existed years previously? Although this is an interesting proposition it is one to which I will never personally know the answer.
We humans are the most highly identifiable creatures on the face of the Planet and that identification is not man made.
I feel we should embrace our uniqueness and individuality and as a consequence I wrote the following, “Realize.”
Realize this as being absolutely true
There is no one else exactly like you;
You could travel the Earth every country through
But you would never find
So often we try to be that which we are not
and we forget to be thankful for the things we have got
It’s so easy to get lost when we follow a course
of being an obvious fake and being totally false
Remember Shakespeare’s words
” To thine own self be true”
Then stop fooling yourself and be no one else, only you.