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Wednesday 28 August 2013

The X-Factor: Watch Humanity's End

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The X-Men are a great metaphor for difference - sexual orientation, gender, ethnicity, the ever-present divide between the generations.  The concept of mutants as co-habiting with humanity and slowly taking over, however, won't be that far off.
Neanderthals are no more.  As a genetically distinct species, they are extinct.  Their cousins, homo sapiens, were better adapted, luckier or simply were more equipped to plan for their future - therefore, they survived.
That doesn't mean the substance of what Neanderthals were is gone; in fact, it's likely you've got a bit of Neanderthal in you right now.  It's the same with ethnicities, languages, religions - there are no pure laine variants of anything out there right now.  That which survives, adapts, which means absorbing the best of what's around you.
The purists have it wrong; you can't freeze time by fighting against that which is different - not if you want to survive in the long run.
Who we are now won't last, because it can't - that's not how nature works.  10,000 years from now, our descendants will be configured differently - they'll be as different from us as we are from homo sapiens.
Our time on this world is fleeting, but what we leave behind - and what, ultimately, we contribute to - carries on.

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