I’m always baffled, to this day (and possibly always will be) by the cruelty human beings show to one another. Wars, poverty, petty political arguments, you name it. It’s never worth it. At the end of the day, we all come into this world the same way (birth) and we are going to leave it in the exact same way as well (death).
We are human.
Which is where genealogy comes in. Hear me out.
About five years ago or so, National Geographic announced they were launching the Genographic Project in which they take the DNA of people from anywhere and everywhere and track down where they originated from. The goal is to “help answer fundamental questions about where humans originated and how we came to populate the Earth.” At the same time, the project funds the conservation and revitalization of indigenous cultures globally.
To me this is fascinating. It goes to show that we all originated from one place or continent – Africa – but spread out over hundreds of thousands of years. The human race migrated in various directions, evolving in slightly different ways.
It just goes to show, we are all human, made up of the same biological fabric no matter how different we may look on the outside.
The project is ongoing and any individual can still get their DNA tested to see where their own ancestors migrated from. I, myself, would love to know what’s mixed in my DNA. To peak a little into the far off past using science is all sorts of amazing.
The cost is a little hefty and would set a person back about $200. There are a few other companies, however, that are offering genetic testing, but for less, such as 23andMe. Sounds interesting right?
Well, there is a possible catch (because what doesn’t have a catch?).
In November 2013, Scientific American wrote an article about how companies like 23andMe could potentially use your information (i.e., DNA) to sell to other companies and use you for targeted advertisements. Essentially:
What’s more, even if you don’t take the genetic test, but someone directly related to you does, that information is then already in the database.
Pretty creepy isn’t it? Using your personal, unique, DNA to potentially market it to you. Now just imagine how insurance companies can use it against you.
But maybe one day. In the meantime, I don’t take for granted that we are all human beings, equal and very much the same in so many ways no matter where we are in the world, how much we have or don’t have, what we have faith in or don’t, and however we may look. That can never be ignored.