I learned today that humans share 40% of our DNA with bananas. Perhaps that explains why some people "go bananas" I wonder how much of our DNA we share with nuts. That might explain some people's behavior...
I have noticed interesting parallels between a recent program on DNA and news reports about the refugee crisis in Europe caused by unrest in the Arab world.
Revolutions in Tunisia and Libya are the focus of most reports, but the problem is more widespread. Not unlike the drang of humans seeking entry to the United States along the Mexican border or by boat to the shores of Florida, masses of refugees seek to exploit the prosperity of Europe and escape Africa poverty. The waters of the Mediterranean have not thwarted attempts, washing thousands upon the shores of the tiny Italian island of Lampedusa.
This flood of immigrants has revealed cracks in the usual face of European unity. Italy is on the front line and demands help from fellow Europeans in accepting refugees. Most, if not all, are young men, which will add to the unemployment ranks and the burden of social services. The truth is, that although Italy has large numbers in refugee camps, they have accepted far fewer into the country than their northern neighbors. This has led France to stop trains from Italy and refuse entry to refugees, which Italy has granted a pass from the internment camps. Rhetoric is heated between diplomats in Brussels, and Several European countries have entered a war of words in the media. Of course, part of the problem is the Muslim religion of all refugees and part of the problem is jobs. There are parallels to the different responses of states of America to the migrants. Undocumented labor is less a problem in Europe, because they have been dealing with this problem for many centuries before the US was even discovered.
There has been a trickle of migration back to Africa, but the roots are very different. Europeans sought to establish colonies, thus sending settlers, missionaries, and businessmen. But, colonization is about exploitation, whereas migration is about desperation.
What does this have to do with DNA? Recent studies of the human genome have proven that all human life evolved in Africa and different periods in history saw waves of migration. The recent flood of humanity trying to escape a harsh African environment is no different. Now, these latest migrants face bureaucratic hindrances in Europe, whereas their ancestors faced harsh environment, wild animals, and Cro-Magnons. Humans seem to always flee hardship and, like water, will seek the path of least resistance. Temporary hindrances, such as fences, bureaucratic intransigence, and emotions of fellow man, cannot stem the flood of humanity out of Africa...
Prior to writing novels, the author enjoyed a multifaceted career: from decorated combat aviator to advertising professional to global communications director of a major consumer brand. He has traveled the world and met sports, film and television stars, political leaders, and royalty. He graduated from Middlebury College, is married, lives in Germany, and has two grown children.