Say to them, 'We came from the light, the place where the light came into being
by itself, and was revealed through their image.' If they say to you, Who are you?' say, 'We are its children, the chosen of the living father.'" (Thomas 50)
My individuality comes into being only because of my connections.
For the historically minded, this is the message of the "social contract," which allows me to believe that we bring institutions into being as mere tools for achieving some short-or long-lived ends, and these ends are brought to the institutions by disparate persons as selfinterests.