~by Maya Angelou
…I’ve sailed upon the seven seas
and stopped in every land,
I’ve seen the wonders of the world
not yet one common man…
…I note the obvious differences
between each sort and type,
but we are more alike, my friends,
than we are unalike…
As you might already be aware (from the fact that I have devoted an entire blog to it), I am committed to telling my story by sharing the stories of my predecessors—the people who made me ME.
In a world of 7.4 billion people, it seems we are all trying to identify our own uniqueness. However, instead of highlighting our differences, perhaps we should discover how we are similar to others.
Recently, Ancestry.com posed that very question. Collaborating with Momondo, an international travel company, they surveyed 67 people from around the world, representing a variety of cultures and backgrounds, on how much they know about themselves and from where they descend, as well as how that viewpoint influences the way they perceive others.
These participants were taken on a journey into who they are based on their DNA. What these participants discovered is that they have much more in common with other nationalities and cultures than they might have expected. (Highlights of those findings were captured in this thought-provoking video.)
In the end, they discovered that “we are more alike, my friends, than we are unalike.” Maybe we ALL should take that journey and learn that lesson.