Are you my mother?
The other day, I watched a great science documentary called “The Incredible Human Journey” which presents a lot of evidence that supports the “Out of Africa” theory. This theory suggests that we are all descendants of a single origin that can be traced back to members of one branch of homo sapiens who left Africa between 60,000 and 125,000 years ago. If you’re interested, you can watch the documentary here: http://topdocumentaryfilms.com/incredible-human-journey/
So what does that have to do with me and my life today? For one thing, I think the “Out of Africa” theory makes it very clear how absurd racism is from a “biological” point of view. After all, if this is true and evidence seems to point that it is, we are all descendants of the African Eve.
The other aspect which I think is interesting is that we descend from tremendously brave, resilient and intelligent homo sapiens who survived through the most unimaginable challenges. We are a result of their success and we are direct heirs to the immense wealth and wisdom that they accumulated in their DNA.
My proposal is that we do them justice. Instead of focusing on our differences and wasting our energy hating or finding flaws in each other, we should instead focus on finding out how we can contribute to the fascinating story of human existence. Each of us is a unique combination of characteristics that gives us the conditions to fulfill a specific purpose. Working towards fulfilling that inner purpose, though complex and frustrating at times, is what I think is the best definition of time well spent. Everything else is, well, an illusion.
As an artist, I dedicate much of my creative energy towards expressing these ideas through music and now through my book too. You will find many of these concepts on my book “What is Diversity?” and also stories about how I have put these ideals into practice. “What is Diversity?” is now available in paperback and for download on Amazon - http://www.amazon.com/dp/1477664270 . Thank you.