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.

Into society.

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.