True patriotism springs from a belief in the dignity of the individual, freedom and equality not only for Americans but for all people on earth, universal brotherhood and good will.
— Eleanor Roosevelt
Here’s a fascinating fact: Homo sapiens are too new a species and lack enough genetic diversity to have races. Science has proven:
There is not one gene, trait, or characteristic that distinguishes all members of one race from all members of another. We can map any number of traits and none would match our idea of race. This is because modern humans haven’t been around long enough to evolve into different subspecies and we’ve always moved, mated, and mixed our genes. Beneath the skin, we are one of the most genetically similar of all species.
Penguins, for example, have twice as much genetic diversity as humans. Fruit flies have 10 times as much. Even our closest living relative, the chimpanzee, has been around at least several million years. There’s more genetic diversity within a group of chimps on a single hillside in Gomba than in the entire human species.
Somewhere along the line, in primitive times, the notion of ‘race’ arose. In less educated days, some decided certain tribes, genders, religions, etc. were superior, and everyone else was not only inferior, but should be subjugated. Those archaic attitudes are great ways to offend folks while causing tension, animosities and various forms of hell on Earth.
Of our country, the ‘Leader of the Free World,’ Eleanor Roosevelt said, “A number of people still think of the United States as being overwhelmingly English, Protestant, and white. This erroneous idea influences their whole outlook.”
As begun in California, such misleading ideas can be fixed. One by one, individual by family by community, by town and commonwealth, we can MEGA [Make Everyone Great Always] instead of MAGA, opening space for the real Maga [Latin and Sanskrit for magic] as achieved by two Olympians in this post’s video [see below].
BTW, as elections approach, I like another lady, Gracie Allen’s recommendation:
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A marvelous story of these two Olympians’ determination to win the top prize. An uplifting, joyful, yup, inspiring conclusion.
Click on image to view how Qatar’s Barshim and Italy’s Timberi achieve resolution, or watch here [05:11]: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GjSCT97GSsA
Here, Barshim and Timberi explain their choice for “humanity, solidarity, unity..” [3:11]: View.
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Monday, October 11: Indigenous Peoples Day
As some prepare to celebrate Columbus Day on October 11, we’ve got to get real about who really found the continents he thought were India [later named for the Italian mapmaker Amerigo Vespucci]. After all, people had been walking here from Asia, across the Bering Land Bridge [where they lived and farmed and hunted] for over fifteen thousand years. This explains why Columbus met what he called Indians settled here when he arrived.
According to Ivan van Sertima’s They Came Before Columbus, centuries before the slave trade, Africans sailed to and influenced Meso-American cultures.
Further, Lief Erikson’s Vikings reached Greenland [part of North American continent] five centuries before Columbus. Scandinavians then continued west and settled along the Canadian coast. Read more.
Ah well, would be nice to know what the people who really discovered these lands called them.
And Columbus Day can be a time to discover Italian culture, history and cuisine [yum].
- Visit a pumpkin patch and pick your Jack O’Lantern then add to your savings account.
Wednesday, October 13: National M&M Day
- Did you know 340 million M&Ms are produced daily and the first blue M&M’s appeared in 1995?
Let’s ZOOM chat for 40 minutes, First THURSDAY, November 4th, 7pm
Lots to discuss, including thoughts about “Eleanor’s Insights” and this month’s book, Caroline Myss’ Invisible Acts of Power, Channeling Grace in Everyday Life.
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