My daughter’s new house is almost finished. Today, the front door lock was installed, and I learned something. The door is opened with a fingerprint, not a key. This is a great feature with small children, who cannot be trusted with a key. Up to 99 people can be programmed to have access, if anyone is foolish enough to have so many close friends and relatives.
This feature caused my to think about fingerprints. What is the natural imperative for every human to have a unique pattern on each fingertip? Whatever phenomenon was responsible for life and evolution came up with this trait, so there must have been a reason. Everything in the universe is controlled by mathematics, I can see no rhyme or reason. Fingerprints are not physics, as far as I can recall from my course in high school. Did he/she/it/they (although I cannot see a committee being involved) already foresee the need for crime solving and door locks?
At least fingerprints serve useful purposed; unique snowflakes make no sense and serve none.
Prior to writing novels, the author enjoyed a multifaceted career: from decorated combat aviator to advertising professional to global communications director of a major consumer brand. He has traveled the world and met sports, film and television stars, political leaders, and royalty. He graduated from Middlebury College, is married, lives in Germany, and has two grown children.