A Thought on Family

 

Dear Family: 

 

Many dictionaries define family as one’s primary social group consisting of parents and children having descended from a common ancestor sharing common beliefs, activities, and residency.  That definition would be accurate; however, incomplete.  Whether we can piece together our connection or not, we are all family. 

 

Geneticists have done the exhausting task of scanning the human genome to track down the genetic markers that connect us all.  Our genes are like bread crumbs left on a trail leading us all back to one geographic location, Africa.  Anthropologists have found that within the last 60,000 years, humans have dispersed from one specific area resulting in the formation of an immense web of connectedness.  These connections exist whether we can identify them or not, because they have been made over tens of thousands of years.

 

 While recognizing the significance of tracing our connection to the generation before us, it is important to consider that the farther back we go in time, the more obvious the genetic link to one another. 

Until this union is identified, consider this thought...

 

"Connection with all life increases our sense of responsibility for every move, every attitude, allowing us to see clearly that each soul does indeed make a difference to the whole.” (Emma Restall Orr, Druidry)

 

 

United in purpose,

 

 

 

Genese C. Clark

Family Historian

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