In this century alone we experienced war purely because of the difference between races. One group even called themselves the superior and pure race and accused another as being the root of all their problems, and we all know how that ended. While it is important to be proud of your “race,” or to put it more appropriately your Nationality, you are clearly going overboard once you think yourself as superior compared to any other. While there are clear physical and minute biological differences, such as skin color, the ability to digest milk or response to medication, the human race is just one race that came from common ancestry.

Nazi Germany’s goal was become the superior ruling race, believing they were pure Aryans, this way of thinking caused a lot of harm; the deaths of thousands of people deemed impure or of a lesser race. Even their citizens were questioned and asked to prove their purity, through documents of their parents and their grand parents’ parents. If they only knew that if they went far back enough, they would discover that none of them were “Pure Aryans.”

I believe being patriotic is an admirable trait, but once you think yourself superior to another nationality or think badly of them, you might be surprised that you could have an ancestor of that race. Just this week I came across a video that was intriguing, a room full of people were interviewed one by one, each of them had either different nationalities and/or ethnicity, among the questions that were asked was “what race our country do you like the least?” Everyone had an answer and a reason why. They were then asked if the interviewers could have a DNA sample and for them to return a week later. Upon returning, they were all given a piece of paper that showed their genetic ethnicities and to what percentage of each ethnicity. They were all surprised to know that a part of them was the nationality/ethnicity that they didn’t like.

When you think about it, all humans have a common ancestor, we are all actually cousins. Had the people of Nazi Germany known this, the Nazi party might have never gained the power they had, and many would have not needed to die. We can’t know everything, and we actually have very little control over events, but knowing a little more about yourself can allow you to react to things a bit more appropriately. I remember a wise man once told me that life is twenty percent what happens to you and eighty percent how you respond.

If you have time, you should try to get to know more about your family and heritage. It doesn’t have to be a big project with DNA testing, just knowing where your roots came from and what your family has gone through to get where you are right now could open your mind to a different perspective. At one point we were the foreigners, at one point we were the oppressors, we were once them…

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