In what way is all of humanity alike? Here is an answer according to a website of the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History in an article called “What Does It Mean to be Human”:
“The billions of human beings living today all belong to one species: Homo Sapiens. As in all species, there is variation among individual human beings, from size and shape to skin tone and eye color. But we are much more alike than we are different. We are, in fact, remarkably similar. The DNA of all human beings living today is 99.9% alike.
We all have roots extending back 200,000 years to the emergence of the first modern humans in Africa, and back more than 6 million years to the evolution of the earliest human species in Africa. This amazing story of adaptation and survival is written in the language of our genes, in every cell of our bodies—as well as in the fossil and behavioral evidence. This ancient heritage is ours.
In a world that seems to have more divisions every day, it is important to remember our shared humanity. And stories help us to realize that oneness: stories of love, of hardship and overcoming, stories of magic and miracles, stories of faith and grace. We respond to the inspirational quality of them, and to the shared experiences of suffering, healing, and compassion.
As we approach the birthday of Martin Luther King Jr., this coming Monday, let us pause and remember his story. He had a powerful vision of oneness and hope that still calls to us today. It took amazing courage for him to speak out and take action as he did and to encourage others to do the same. Continuing to tell his story inspires us all to remember the truth of our oneness and the power of peace and nonviolence, the power of love, dedication and kindness. Happy Birthday Dr. King! And thank you, once again!
Love & blessings,