This is not ego or vanity, but when Dr. Soong created me, he added to the substance of the universe. If by your experiments I am destroyed, something unique, something wonderful will be lost. I cannot permit that.
Data, on why he won’t let himself be disassembled and possibly destroyed
We should all feel like this about ourselves.
Was not hair commencing to grow upon his face? All the apes had hair upon theirs but the black men were entirely hairless, with very few exceptions.Edgar Rice Burrows “Tarzan of the Apes”
True, he had seen pictures in his books of men with great masses of hair upon lip and cheek and chin, but, nevertheless, Tarzan was afraid. Almost daily he whetted his keen knife and scraped and whittled at his young beard to eradicate this degrading emblem of apehood.
And so he learned to shaverudely and painfully, it is truebut, nevertheless, effectively.