It's All Relative
Adventures up and Down the World's Family TreeBook - 2017
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Author A. J. Jacobs is part of a family of 80,000 relatives and counting. How big is your family tree, and how much do you know about them?
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The older I get, the more I'm aware that our current version of Homo sapiens is a link in a chain. Future links will think of us with a mixture of pity and condescension, the way we look at bonobos.
The concept of "family" is slowly declaring its independence from DNA. You no longer need to share chromosomes to call yourself kin.
It occurs to me that the tension is actually a concentrated version of the push-and-pull in all of us. On the one hand, we want to be a unique individual. On the other, we want to be a member of a family/tribe/community. It's a modern paradox: we aspire to both stand out and fit in.
I embrace all sorts of family structures, including gay marriage and gay parenthood. In fact, by pointing out that everyone on earth is family, I'm hoping to de-emphasize the "traditional" family and embrace a thousand variations.
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