Y-chromosomal Adam and Mitochondrial Eve refer to the genetics discovery that basically says that all living human beings can trace back their DNA from father to son and from mother to daughter all the way back to these two individuals that might have lived about the same time a long time ago in Africa. Our recorded history tells us the story of how humanity mistreats humanity, how far we have come, and how far we have yet to go. Change, it seems, does not come quickly or easily for any of us. We would like to think that we are descendant from the families that were always on the right side of history, but the truth is that real life for them is much as it is for us now, we always have and always will take the ‘hit or miss’ approach when all the pivotal moments take place. We can never fully know how our actions today will be remembered long after we are gone and It also seems that we aren’t given to plan ahead for the succeeding generations. If anything, the news today shows how emotional we are and how emotionless our history appears. Anger, confusion, and disappointment all color the picture that history will recall in a stark black and white of right and wrong. We are only just now comming to understand that the problem is in the foundations and the assumptions our society was built upon. Much of our playbook are modern versions of original plays written according to the rules built into the game hundreds of thousands of years ago. There was a time when classism, racism, and sexism were considered neccessary traits for a society to thrive. There was a time when hatred and prejudice were considered essential qualities for a conquering army to display. There was a time when a handful of people in power declared themselves to be superior and deserving of the right to rule over inferiors. But that time has come and gone. Today we’re re-writing the playbook, but we’re going to have to go back to the drawing board if we want to create real lasting change. Because no matter how much we want a completely equal society in every sense of the word, we can’t have it if we still live with even just a little bit of classism, racism, sexism, or any other -ism. I know, the majority of us are good people who do want change, but it’s not always in our power to make it happen right here and right now. The best we can hope for is to pave the way for the next generations to build a proper foundation. We should stop romanticising the past and accept it for what it was. We should stop looking to the past as the basis of ideal behavior and standards for our modern time. We should have a conversation about what changes we want to see and how we can accomplish them together. We are one human race and we have inheriteded the capability to mistreat other members of the human race, but we don’t have to.