Two figurines of Chinese historical leaders sit on a bookshelf.

You and What Army?

By Tiger Shi 
Web Content Contributor 

“You and what army?!” is said when one finds a threat to be a weak one. However, there is an actual army people had to deal with: twins. Whether it is twin sisters or twin brothers, having a twin is quite an advantage. Funny enough, this is coming from an only child who never had any sibling, let alone a twin. I may not be a psychologist but I am an expert on sibling relations after witnessing actual twins’ relationships. I believe twin siblings should and will get along with each other no matter what. 

A scene from Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones featuring clone troopers.
Clone Troopers from Star Wars are technically twins. Image by Tiger Shi.

Fictionally speaking, Luke Skywalker and Leia Organa from Star Wars are twins. They are an example of brother and sister twins. Despite differences of being a Rebel leader and Jedi, they eventually got along through the force in the movies. In reality, I know twin brothers that were a hilarious pair. I grew up with them playing on a local soccer team. I actually don’t remember much about them other than the fact that they are inseparable like they get each other. Twin sisters are no different. I know two from my high school yearbook club, they get along off the job but when doing work; it was a nightmare. 

Aside from the different types of twin siblings, here is the question: what if they don’t get along? This is actually a really great point. There are bound to be twins in whom one of them has a separate personality than the other. A perfect example would be twins from high school that I knew. They are both named Kofi Boateng. Boateng Sr is the older brother who is always kind of to himself and he is, as far as I can remember, not involved with much after school activities. Boateng Jr was very much involved with ROTC. As a matter of fact, he is currently serving in the Marine Corps and I thank him for his service. Alas, the Boateng brothers may seem to not get along but they should know that they are still family. 

Obviously it is not my business to tell people how they should live their lives and such but I am just pointing out the types of twins or “army” around us. Twins have been through a lot in all kinds of cultures around the world. Whether it is positive or negative, twins are like the military veterans of biology or more specifically, genetic study. While our country’s service members risked their lives to protect us, being a twin in general is something to be celebrated as unique. They are a team that should help each other navigate through life. Believe it or not, the chances of being a twin have grown over the years and counting. 

Therefore, if you are a twin, I hope you do get along with your sibling. That fact alone is more important than you think. Differences in personalities are bound to happen but I’m sure it should not be an obstacle in defining the relationship between twins. So to answer the opening question, it’s “I’m the army!”

Featured image by Tiger Shi.

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