Plato's discovery went as follows. It is possible for something to be a certain way and for something else to be the same way. So There are universals. (Tumultuous applause, which lasts, despite occasional subsidences, 2,400 years.)[…] ' Universals ' is simply the name philosophers give to the ways in which two or more things can be the same.
Creativity is the universal of universals characterizing ultimate matter of fact. It is that ultimate principle by which the many, which are the universe disjunctively, become the one actual occasion, which is the universe conjunctively. It lies in the nature of things that the many enter into complex unity.Alfred North Whitehead
Myth deals in false universals, to dull the pain of particular circumstances.
So the idea that there is nothing essential, in the sense that there are no human universals, is dogma. Ask most anyone who is going to be shot at dawn.catharine mackinnon