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Sunday, 24 July 2016

Is DNA Heritage the Answer to Humanities Core Problems with Ethnicity?

Humanity is a grand experiment! What happens when millions of species of plants, animals, birds, fish, insects and reptiles live on one planet and the space slowly becomes smaller? One rises to take control out of fear, protection and survival. Humanity (Homo sapiens) is that species, false as that security is. The fragile human form born with few defenses created additional implements of protection against fierce animals with superior instincts.  Scientifically we have been divided into three groups and from there another 30 subgroups. The beliefs of these migrating groups along with cross-cultural development generated further distinctions.

Naturally people are proud of their heritage, but sometimes this gives rise to the superiority that causes ignorant clashes of opinion. Education, practical awareness and travel are the best cure for thoughts of supremacy. Not much is hidden from anyone these days; everyone can search the internet, go to a library or research the archives for answers. As one revelation leads to another, soak in the continuing discoveries.

With the desire to know more about family history and a written record that has failed many over eons, genetics is offering a few answers. It is a simple as buying a DNA kit from a reputable company and following the instructions exactly. Tests consist of Y chromosome (fathers, fathers, Fathers…) and mitochondrial DNA (mother, mothers, mothers…), though all of these tests are rapidly evolving to give even for information. There are 26 DNA haplogroups that developed over a hundred thousand years.

 DNA tests have led to a world map of journeys that cross many continents and cultures. This means that no one on this planet has the right to parade there culture as being superior or pure – the average person has a multi-cultural heritage that led out of the cradle of human development in Africa and across continents for thousands of years until they settled in a place to call home. Add wars and slavery and a million cross-cultural marriages and you could have the most unexpected bloodline. Don’t be afraid of the unexpected, let go of pre-conceived ideas about your heritage.

Respect everyone as a good person unless they prove otherwise. Clear an open path for good people of all nations. Learn what you can about other cultures and countries, even if it seems strange. Understand the crisis of cultural conflict and attempt to break down the barriers. You family is much bigger than you know!

Sharon D Bush
Writer   Historian   Artisan   Sage     

Book: The Scrolls of Wisdom, philosophical/spiritual self-help book finished (on the final edit – looking for publishers).  

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