BACK TO NATURE: Being common is better than you think

Published: Thursday, June 27, 2013 at 05:29 PM.
Your name: Is it memorable? Does it describe you or define you? Where does it come from and what is its basis?  
“Hello, my name is Paul Arthur.”
Simple enough. Almost sounds common. As a matter of fact, it is common.  
“Hello, my name is Homo Sapiens.”  
How strange is that? Introducing myself by using my scientific name actually creates a general, blank, undiscerning definition of who I am.    
So, which do you prefer, scientific or common?
What’s interesting is that my birth name is not my only common name. Throughout my life I have also been called Edd, Paul Bunyan, Surf (don’t ask), Fred, Paullie-Want-A-Cracker and P.A. The funny part is that I have actually answered to some of these names. I can only imagine what kind of “common names” my parents gave me while I was growing up.  

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