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Snowflakes

“Snowflake” is commonly used as an insult these days, attacking someone’s fragility when they’re not willing to take criticism. Interesting that most people who use this as an insult end up being fairly fragile themselves, but that’s not my point.

My point is that “snowflake” might be the perfect metaphor to describe all of us. After all, like snowflakes we’re unique and also generally fragile. At the same time, alone, we’re fairly insignificant, but together in large quantities, we are a force to be reckoned with. 

So perhaps we should rethink what it means to be a snowflake and focus less on being resilient to criticism, and more on how we can enroll others in the future that we hope to create.

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