Individuality is the fundamental basis for biological evolution. The universe functions on the basis of creativity and interaction, you cannot have one without the other, and Nature is a part of that. Nature also functions on the basis of aindividuality across an ever increasing spectrum and diversity. Within this we have human beings, or homo sapiens, the last surviving species of hominid apes characterized by large forebrains, a need for creative self-expression, and the use of tools. As no two members of a species are ever completely the same, the same can be said of humans.
Who are you?
What is it that makes you the individual who you are? Do you see yourself as a tiny ball of consciousness trapped in the mind, somewhere between the ears and behind the eyes, encased in a head and body? Are you just an Ego encased in skin and flesh struggling to find that balance between a concern for own desires and those of others? Are you just a persona you have spent years developing? Or are you something more than this?
When you think of someone else, what do you see?
Think of your mother. What do you see? Her face and upper body? This is how many people see themselves and others. Portrait photography is a thriving industry and irrespective of whether it's a photo on social media, a newspaper or magazine article about someone, a photo on America's Most Wanted, chances are you will have a photo of someone's face and possibly their shoulders to represent who they are as an individual. But we are so much more than just a head and shoulders. What about the body? What about the rest of us?
Are you just a physical being?
Many people see themselves and others in purely physical terms based on their appearance, sex, size, shape, skin colour, hair colour, and also perceived social position, income, what property or possessions they have. This is why we have so many labels to describe complete human beings, in single words such as black, blonde, professional, unemployed, rich, poor, woman, child, and so on. We even categorize people and put them into simplified groups, the rich, the disabled, taxpayers, homeowners, migrants, blacks, Muslims, and so on.
How would you be defined by other people?
In life there is no shortage of people who are willing to define you and label you according to their individual perception and opinion as to who you are. They do this in various ways, by telling you who you are, labelling you, imposing obligations on you, making demands on you, and trying to get you to fit in with their agenda. Much of what social conditioning (and social engineering), which we all go through to varying degrees, is about imposing different beliefs on you, and trying to mould you and make you fit into neat little boxes and categories.
The reality that is you
You are a unique and highly individual human being. There has never been anyone like you in the entire history of Mankind, nor will there be anybody else like you at any point in the future. Nobody else has anywhere near the same collective which is made up of your life experience, your childhood, your interests, your different personality traits, your thoughts, your unique combination of emotions and feelings, your way of moving, of speaking, of using language, all of which go together to make up your unique and highly individual perspective on life. Nobody else knows you better than you know yourself, and certainly nobody else can be you anywhere close to how you can be yourself.
Other people are just like you
The same reality described above, applies to everybody else. They too are unique and highly individual human beings. It is this fact that makes you a member of the human race, the collective. Life is the opportunity to connect to other people and share experiences, exchange ideas, opportunities, thoughts, feelings, emotions, even more experiences, and create something new, something different. This is what human evolution is really all about. It's about getting to know yourself through your experiences with others and your connections to other people so that you can develop a legacy and leave behind a world which is in some way better than it was before you were born. Sadlt too many people only discover the value and contribution of others after they have died.
You are also your environment
Can you breathe without air? Can you live without water? Can you live without a planet? There's another common misconception among people that we 'come into' the world. From where? You are as much a part of the environment as the Earth itself. You didn't come into this world, you came out of it and are a product of your environment. This is no different to an apple comes from an apple tree, and the apple tree needs the earth to come out of. But as you cannot live without air, or water, or being on a planet, the envuironment and planet are as much you as your head, your hands and your face.