You may think you are born only once, right after your mother spits you out of her vagina.
But political philosoper Hannah Arendt (1906-1975) argues otherwise.
She says your natural birth is only your first and it merely defines your *what*: whether you are male or female, Afro-American or white, tall or small, heavy or lightweight.
But that ain’t nothin’ yet.
Because somewhere in the first twenty years of your lifetime you learn a lesson, gain a new insight and take a new stand.
Over against others.
This is what Hannah Arendt calls a birth too.
Not a natural birth, but a symbolic birth.
A birth in which you carry out your personality.
This second birth defines your *who*.
And the lovely thing about this second birth is that, unlike your first, it can happen every single day of your remaining years.
And this is what makes you as a human being unique.
You have the capacity to always start anew.
An Ode to Hannah Arendt.