Eternal Migration and the Distortion of Human Perception
One of my all time insights comes from Prof. Michael Weinstock who teaches life inspired architecture at Architectural Association in London:
“Cities emerged from the collapse of the hunter and gatherer relation.”
This means that what most people consider as the ultimate indicator for progress and civilization is nothing but a myth. Michael Weinstock belongs to one of those creatives who have the ability to design the world by considering human evolution including their impact on the environment.
Michael Weinstock takes inspiration from the metabolism of living things to design buildings and even cities.
His approach gives us a clue how the eternal migration behavior of humans in search for food has led to an incredible distortion of their perception.
In rencent years I have developed a refusing attitude towards the idea of borders and the notion of local patriotism.
Looking at human history and the development of cultures around the world shows me every single day that I’m right.
“There was no such thing as ‘Germany’. There was no such thing as ‘France’. These are fictions.” - Jeremy Rifkin
Most of us grow up by the notion that there is only one place where we can live. That place is defined by the city and the country we live in.
But when we look at the incredible journey of the early inhabitants of people in Africa and how they have spread all over the world it becomes clear that the idea of borders is a recent invention which has to do with the scarcity of space.
The incredible journey of African people has led to the migration into Arabia, India, Australia and finally Europe and America.
According to recent discoveries of geneticist, these people who left Africa to inhabit the rest of the world were originally no more than 600 people.
This early migrants were most probably driven by food (metabolism) and didn’t even know that there was such thing as continents.
I can relate to the “Out of Africa” journey because my fathers dream has been to see his children grow up in a more fertile area.
Ten years ago I use to think that my life was somehow special as I use to travel a lot in my life, but looking at human history revealed to me that eternal migration is actually a natural state.
The more our environment changes the more we have to adapt to that change by changing places. In a world with borders and the idea of nations this principle can be deadly for some people.
Metabolism is indeed one of the most powerful forces in life which determines where we live and not the ground we stand on.
What fascinates me the most is how African people had migrated into different territories around the world without being able to trace their origin for such a long time.
This development has led to a massive distortion of people’s perception. The distortion again has led to useless discrimination and superficial classification of people into “black, white, yellow, and blue”.
“If we all are brothers and sisters and share the same genetic material, all human populations share the same raw human genius” - Wade Davis
People who are familiar with Africans can tell you that you will find most of the differences that people pinpoint to separate us on the continent itself.
You can find African people who look arabic, asian, european and australian. In fact you will find a good representation of all people from around the world in Africa.
“Under the skin we are all Africans.” - Dr Alice Roberts
That’s actually a good news as it has the potential to eliminate most of the conflicts which people have with other “nations”.
I am totally certain that many problems can be solved if we plant a seed of consciousness into people’s mind which helps them to understand that the place where they can live is not defined by the ownership of their ancestors, but by the opportunity that a place has to offer.
The earth is our playground and life is the game we play.
People have been migrating around the world for more than 80 000 years and will continue to do as long as the environmental conditions ever change.
I hope that societies and governments will stop to classify people as immigrants, diasporas, or refugees and start to appreciate their bravery and their instinct and integrate them in their societies.
After all the 600 hundred people who had left Africa 80 000 years ago have turned into 6 billion people. When ever they encounter one another they have to accept the fact that their similarities surpasses their differences by more than 99.99%.