A long time ago, in what feels like another life, I worked with translation, history, and genealogy.
I understand why people want to know more about their family history. It gives a context for one’s own life, and it’s interesting to know a bit about our ancestors, what they did, and where they lived.
For me, it’s also interesting with the two ways we have a family: Genetics and lived family life. Sometimes they are the same, and sometimes they are different. And sometimes, there are family secrets coming up through genetic testing, and people respond to it in all different ways.
Ultimately, we are all family. In the context of Earth life, all of us humans are relatively closely related. In the context of the universe, all Earth life is closely related. The history of humanity is our shared history. The history of the living evolving Earth is the shared history of Earth life. The history of the universe is the shared history of everything and everyone, including possible life in other places in the universe.
It’s all part of the same story. The story of the universe forming itself into all of this.
The story of existence forming itself into all of this.
And this story includes us and all of who we are and do and experience.
Seed: I was contacted by a family member passionate about genealogy.