Two Phils are Better Than One, or Are They?

Doppelganger: German for “double walker”, a shadow self that is thought to accompany every person. Some believe that only someone who knows the original person can also see the Doppelganger. Still others subscribe to the “evil twin” theory that doppelgangers behave in a manner directly opposite to the original person.


That picture is allegedly of a Civil War soldier who looks like Nicholas Cage. Yikes, the possibility of two Nicholas Cages making movies is frightening!

As of this writing, the world population is roughly 7,243,171,955. Is it possible that somewhere out there is another carbon copy of each of us? Are they living a parallel life somewhere else? Or, if each of us has both male and female genes, could we have a doppelganger of the opposite sex? Do we ever meet or see our own doppelganger? If we did and they were the opposite sex, would we be attracted to them? Would they be our “soul mate”? Or would it be more of a brother/sister feeling?

If the “evil twin” theory holds true, what do we do, knowing that the more good we do in life, the more evil our doppelganger will perpetrate? If we save a life, our doppelganger would take a life. If you met your evil twin, what would you do if you knew they were evil? If your evil twin is bent on destroying you, could you kill your own doppelganger? Would doing so destroy you both? Do we need a doppelganger? A balance? A cosmic yin and yang that makes the world go round?

How do we know that we are actually not the doppelganger? The shadow self for someone else? Could you be the evil twin and not know it? I wonder if my doppelganger is out there writing a blog too? What if he’s writing a blog about his embarrassing doppelganger that he hates? I doubt it. I imagine that me and my doppelganger would each think the other is awesome and we’d hang out. Talk about the ultimate wingman! This whole thing gives me a serious novel idea. I got dibs, so don’t even think about it. And if I did have a female doppelganger, you know she would be really hot. What would you do if you met your doppelganger? Do you think you’d like them?

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14 responses to “Two Phils are Better Than One, or Are They?

  1. I think meeting your doppelganger would be nifty as can be! And two Nicholas Cages?! Now that is a world I want to live in.

  2. I have been told my doppleganger lives at Disneyland in the form of a gypsy woman character on the “It’s A Small World” ride. (Irony not lost on me!) She is not “real”, but does that count? 🙂 Fun post! Blessings!

  3. As a twin the idea of a doppelganger is a reality. Whether I am the doppelganger or she is, well, that is the true mystery…

  4. Does the doppelganger have to be evil? Maybe it lives out all the dreams we had that never materialized.

  5. Writing about the embarrassing doppelgänger….too funny. I wouldn’t be able stop staring, if I saw mine…I imagine we’d all be pretty protective we found them

  6. I think the genetic markers for facial features are not that mutatable…. hence the dopplegangers…… most of the lineages cross each other at some point….

    • Interesting point. Kind of the 6 degrees of separation but with genetically. I’d love to see a visual representation of that idea with a a handful of people.

      • Well if you can find me an African-American who looks like Nicolas Cage as a control; I guess I could try (though I am quite sure you won’t be able to).

      • Challenge accepted! Just kidding.

      • The lines between the races have been far more prominent in the last few centuries……. You may be able to scan for someone with some features that may match, but an uncanny resemblance shall be hard to find…. 😛

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