Have you ever heard of Mitochondrial Eve?
In the study of genetics, Mitochondrial Eve refers to the matrilineal, most common recent ancestor of the earth’s population today, which is to say in simpler terms, she is hypothesized to be the woman from whom all human beings (you and I, as “different” as we may be,) descend. She’s believed to have live some two hundred thousand years ago, and her genes have been, matrilineally passed down since then,from mother to daughter and then when that daughter becomes a mother, to her daughter and so on and so forth until now.
I always imagine a giant, hypothetical, matryoshka doll (and all the dolls inside her which have dolls inside them that have dolls inside them.) There’s a inexplicable SOLACE in the idea that we are all distant relatives. There is a COMFORT in the theory, that despite our skin colour, race, religion, sexual preference, deformities, we all share the same genes. We all come from one.
This world is not perfect. In fact, on some days, it’s the farthest thing from. All around me, hatred and ignorance continues to rage war among its devotees. There’s a cycle of not letting go of the past and refusing to understand and accept each other, that perpetuates and resonates through our days. Every new generation comes along and vows to be the ones to change that, until somewhere along the way, they become jaded too. And there’s an inexplicable sadness in the fact that we’re not only killing our fellow human beings, but our brothers and sisters too. And there is inexplicable heartbreak in the fact that we can hate our own blood. The cycle has to be broken somewhere.
One of the wisest bits of advice I’ve ever been told, is to be the change I wish to see in the world. Well, I wish to see the world embrace peace and love like the earth embraces the spring after winter. So I’ve been trying to tell as many people as I can ever since, “Have you ever heard of Mitochondrial Eve?"