Snowflakes

A beautiful snowflake.

I love you because no two snowflakes are alike, and it is possible, if you stand tippy-toe, to walk between the raindrops.
— Nikki Giovanni

“… no two snowflakes are alike …” How is this in any way either profound or worth repeating? Of course snowflakes are unique – the chance of two snowflakes having exactly the same number of atoms, in the same configuration, at the same time, is nil. There can be no possible to think otherwise – the uniqueness of snowflakes is obvious. Hailstones are unique, too – no two will have the exact same shape, minute details can be found – but somehow that is not a profound statement. Pieces of hair are unique, bacteria are unique… but it is only the snowflakes that get credit for it. Might this be judging solely on aesthetics?

The actual interesting facts about snowflakes are their similarity and complexity, not their differences. Almost every snowflake has six-fold symmetry! That is unexpected. That is what should be seen in poems and quotes. It is not the differences between these ice crystals, but rather their common intricacies, that make them so universally intriguing. #

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