DNA is not what makes you you.

The results of the moral tests we face are more defining than the genetic tests we take. 

Recently, I was in Washington, D.C. No matter how often I visit the States, it always amazes me how obsessed Americans are with race. During a conference I attended, the other millennials spent their lunch hour going around the table sharing the breakdown of the ethnic percentages from their recently conducted home DNA tests. This struck me as a rather odd way of making introductions.

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Published by Amanda Achtman

What matters to me is living in truth, taking responsibility, creating value & cultivating community.

One thought on “DNA is not what makes you you.

  1. I think the obsession with “race” has become a big part of identity politics. Plus, somewhere in the last decade or 2, we went from “don’t put a label on me” to “how many labels can I put on myself?” I had thought, by the time I had children of my own, we had moved away from placing arbitrary labels on our children, but instead, more and new labels were developed, and now a new generation seems to be having a competition with each other, to place themselves into every tinier and tighter boxes. The problem is, once a person has been put into a box, they’re never allowed to leave them. It’s no longer boxes labelled “nerd” or “jock.” Those are so passe! Now it’s ethnicity, sexuality and gender spectrum.

    It would be interesting if someone did a study to pinpoint when that shift happened, and why.


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