Ancient And Modern

We live in interesting times. A sentiment that can be justifiably expressed by every human being all over the world throughout history. As if we are impressed that anything should be happening whilst we are alive. But we are all living history and not just in the political and nation-state senses.

Physicists test out their theories on how the cosmos works by seeing if the equations create the universe as we see it, because if it creates everything but the grass turns out to be blue then it’s wrong somewhere and likewise, although we could not easily divine it from this fact, we are the secret of how it works because we are here and all that we are necessarily flows from how the cosmos works.

And if you still want to know more about merely human history you can see from our brains and our DNA all that we have come from, where we branched off to evolve differently and how we are still ruled by instincts that served our progenitors well but sometimes leave us flawed and exposed.  The search for companionship, the settling of communities, the division of labour are all part of our non-thinking selves that we try to believe are a part of our intellects.

Ultimately in the field of essences these things cannot define every human being because they are not part of every human experience. A human without love is non-the-less human, a hermit is human, a self-interested person is still human. The essence of humanity is not an equation or an expectation and most definitely not a theory.

We Are All Writers

We  all write history each and every second we live. Indeed we write history because we live.

We may write a story, paint, draw, create something that a thousand years from now inspires someone else to a kind of glory or or a deep depravity. We may have children and one of our descendants may save the world or hurl it to destruction. Who is to know? In the uncertainty of existence the one certain thing we can know is that taking the life span of the human race as a time-chart, we all make a difference because we all appear on that chart. Linked together and flowing forward with each other. A river of potential outcomes.

This isn’t about having a name, or those fleeting moments when one person or a few carry out some pivotal action. This isn’t about those moments of crisis or remarked individual merit. This is just about being, and through being how we influence events because if a butterfly can change the weather then we are assured one human life can make changes.

I don’t know who my DNA progenitor was, I will never know. Her face is hidden, her name unknown but this I know; because she existed 55,000 thousand years ago a tribe was created. A tribe that went from North Africa into Europe and back again and into Spain. She ate, drank, lived a while and vanished.

She helped make Europe and Europe modeled modern America. Without her our world would be radically different.

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