According to Google itself, this is what they have to say about the meta tag description, here.
The description attribute within the tag is a good way to
provide a concise, human-readable summary of each page’s content.
Google will sometimes use the meta description of a page in search
results snippets, if we think it gives users a more accurate
description than would be possible purely from the on-page content.
Accurate meta descriptions can help improve your clickthrough;
This means your description is used as an indication to Google of what is inside the page and also as the text used in the snippets, providing information to the user that might lead him to click in your page, if it appears in the Search Engine results page.
When developing a website, make sure you write for people, not bots. My advice is to don't care if the description is the same as the content as long as it's the appropriate text for your users.