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Musings on a sad Sunday

The Legal Genealogist rarely deviates from genealogy into politics, and even more rarely on a Sunday — a day this blog sets aside for discussions of how genealogists can use DNA to help prove relationships.

dna.stop.killingSo, in one sense, this is going to be a rare Sunday.

Because there is something that most assuredly needs to be said, and it may well be considered political.

Try this on for size:

There is absolutely nothing in our DNA that makes one human being on the face of this earth better than any other human being on the face of this earth.

And nothing in our DNA that makes the death of one of us more or less of a loss than the death of any other one of us.

In the essential genetic code that defines our lives as human beings, that which sets us apart is a tiny fraction compared to that which unites us.

The losses that we suffer as human beings are all equal.

And so we must mourn them all equally:

• Friday’s massacres in Paris of more than 120 people.

• The suicide bombing in Beirut that cost 43 people their lives.

• The suicide bombing in Maiduguri, Nigeria, that left 42 people dead.

• The attack on a refugee center and market in Chad that resulted in 38 deaths.

• The suicide bombings in Ankara, Turkey, that left 102 dead.

• The car bombing in Khalis, Iraq, that left 35 dead with another 22 dying in related attacks in Al Zubair and Hussainiya, Iraq.

• The market, mosque and football match suicide bombings in Maiduguri, Nigeria, that caused 145 people to die.

• The suicide bombings and car bombings in Sana’a, Yemen, that resulted in 32 deaths.

• A truck bomb set off in Baghdad’s Sadr City that caused 76 deaths.

• Multiple bombings in the Diyala Province of Iraq that left more than 50 people dead.

• Suicide and truck bombings in Kabul, Afghanistan, that caused more than 50 deaths.

• A suicide bombing in Suruc, Turkey, that left 32 people dead.

• Multiple suicide bombings in a market in Khan Bani Saad, Iraq, that left at least 100 people dead.

• Multiple suicide bombings in Damaturu, Nigeria, that caused 64 deaths.

• Bombings at Jos, Nigeria, that killed 51 people.

• Shootings in Kukawa, Nigeria, that killed 145 people.

• Shootings in Sousse, Tunisia, that left 38 people dead.

• Car bombings in Kobani, Syria, that caused 146 deaths.

• Suicide bombings in Maiduguri, Nigeria, that left 30 dead.

• A bombing in Monguno, Nigeria, that left 63 dead.

• A shooting attack on a bus in Karachi, Pakistan, that left 45 people dead.

• A shooting and hostage-taking attack at the university in Garissa, Kenya, that caused at least 147 deaths.

• A series of suicide bombings at mosques in Sana’a, Yemen, that left 137 people dead.

• Suicide bombings in Maiduguri, Nigeria, that left 58 dead.

• A mosque bombing in Shikarpur, Pakistan, that left 60 people dead.

And that list doesn’t begin to tell the story.

These are only the cases with more than 30 dead — and only from 2015.

Folks, there’s nothing in the essential genetic code of our lives as human beings that says one of us is any better than any other one of us. Nothing that gives one of us the right to take the life of any other one of us.

And nothing — nothing at all — in the essential genetic code of our lives as human beings that identifies us by what we believe.

There is nothing in our genes that determines Christian or Jewish or Muslim or Buddhist or Taoist or unbeliever.

There is nothing in our genes that says worthy or unworthy.

We are all in this together, with so much more that makes us alike than that which could even begin to set us apart.

Somehow, we have got to find a way to stop the killing.

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