Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Q is for Quintessential - A-Z Blogging Challenge

quin·tes·sen·tial  (kwnt-snshl) adj.
Of, relating to, or having the nature of a quintessence; being the most typical: "Liszt was the quintessential romantic" (Musical Heritage Review).
That's what I ended up with for my Q posting. I was going to do one on 'quiet domination' but the Google responses were beyond the pale. Check it out for yourself. But, this is just a typical post.
So, it's being the typical anything, something we use as a guide to bring people to our point of view. But, wait! This is the 21st Century and is there really such a thing as typical in today's world?  If we are all unique individuals, how can we have typical behavior? Doesn't our individual history, time and place of birth, experiences at schools, in neighborhoods, communities, make us the who that we have become? 
Can we even use typical to describe what is forever changing in a world hell-bent for the future? What do you think? Can you give the quintessential answer?


See that The A-Z Blogging Challenge button on the right? With more than 1100 bloggers participating, there's bound to be someone you'll discover by just clicking on the Next Blog or Surprise Me button.


  1. I think my son the philosophy major will have to answer that one. Perhaps I am quintessentially typical? Dropping in from the A to Z - nice to meet you.

  2. Lovely write, as you say each one of us are unique and are different to anyone else.
    That's what makes the world and the blogging world so interesting.

  3. So the quintessential 'me' is typical? I could get all tangled up in this discussion. It's an interesting question and something to ponder. Typically, my thinking isn't very fast.

  4. We are all individuals, but we have a lot in common as well, on the different levels of our lives: physical/material, cognitive, emotional, etc.

    Thanks for the laugh re: quiet domination. It reminded me of a friend who did a search for 'rigid inflatable' (boats) one day =)

  5. your post made me think... ;)

    thanks for visiting my 'Q' post. :)

  6. Wow, what a question! If only I could answer it... Great post!