Racism and Snowflakes


Here’s some creative thinking on racism and a story in the podcast about how it works both ways.

I have heard that no two snowflakes are alike, and on some scientific level, “they” seem to have been able to prove that. Snowflakes and snow crystals are made of ice, and pretty much nothing more. A snow crystal, as the name implies, is a single crystal of ice. “Snowflake” is a more general term.  It can mean an individual snow crystal or a few snow crystals stuck together or a large agglomeration of snow crystals that form "puff-balls" that float down from the clouds. Snowflakes begin with water vapor in the air, evaporation from oceans, lakes, and rivers and transpiration from plants. Even you, every time you exhale, put water vapor into the air.

I have never heard that no two water droplets are the same, so I would think that would mean that every snowflake starts out the same and then changes as it is formed, falls to the ground, stays for a while, melts, and turns back into water and becomes one with itself again.

Part of the water vapor that started the whole process came from our breaths. I have never heard that no two breaths are alike and they probably are different, but that could lead to this question:  is all air the same?  Yes, it could go on forever. Let’s just say we, like snowflakes, are not the same: different skin colors, different shapes, different thoughts, needs, loves, dreams, and desires.

Maybe that also means that one day when we turn back to dirt, we are all the same again, just like water droplets before snowflakes. They are only different until they melt, meld, and turn back into the water that helped create them.

Snowflakes and people are not the only things that are different, and maybe it's time we learned to love the differences in ourselves and the earth and every living thing on it. In the end we are all really one and are dependent on each other. We are all different until, like snowflakes, we melt into one and eternity.

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