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Assuming that I am human and my peers are human as well then it follows that we share something in common We all seem to share in common the property humanness just as a lemon would share the property yellowness with another lemon But let us look closer at the relationship between lemons for a second Provided of course that the lemons in question are good and ripe they will have said commonality So then this lemon and that lemon are yellow The shirt in my closet is yellow as are the little sticky pads I have on my desk All these objects are equal in that they are equally yellow they may be different shades but this makes no difference as they are still shades of yellow If we are to agree that provided one thing is in common to another thing then it cannot be the case that in the same respect to which these things are in common they can also be different So as far as yellow is concerned these things are not different from one another Yet at the same time we see these things as individual things and as such they must be different from one another Were left with individual things that cannot be equal to one another So what of the equality that we know to be there The equality of yellowness must be distinct from the individual things it must be another thing This other would be considered a universal and if we take the analogy to be a good one then humanness would have to be a universal as well For I am a human just as Helder is and we share in the commonality humanness But remember in said analogy I had granted that two lemons so long as they were both ripe would share the universal- yellowness If it were the case that one lemon was quite rotten then the two lemons probably
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