Being unique became popular nowadays. People tend to expose their individuality, eccentricity, originality. But for some reasons it is still valuable to get on with people in modern society. So, to what extent do we need to sacrifice our individuality in order to live in harmony with other people.
In my way of thinking, the more intelligent person (and his circle of contacts) is the less he needs to seem or be alike to others. As smart people know that only the distinction of opinions and positions bring them closer to truth. Therefore, they are always tolerant and enjoy communicating with people who are different from themselves.
But in real, fast and mad life, where is no time for thinking and being patient and tolerant, we should have a lot common with people you keep in touch. Same interests, usually same purposes and ambitions, same opinion and way of thinking, same motivation helps to understand each other and be more attached.
All in all, being one and only may be not so bad, if you do not mind risking to be left alone. But in case you would like to be demanded among other people you should have much mutual with them.