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We seem to care about where we are from, and who we came from more and more these days. People want to know their genetic ancestry–perhaps because we are a more transient society, with no sense of permanence- shallower roots, fewer family connections?
Our fascination with knowing who we are and where we came from has greatly increased with the available DNA testing technology. Today, genealogy is the second largest hobby after gardening. Genealogy web sites are the second most visited web-searches after porn.
Genealogy is certainly not a modern fad. We have always been obsessed with knowing “what stuff we are made of,” but for different reasons. People once needed validation of their ancestry to gain power and prestige, maintain their class distinctions, prove their right to freedom, marriage, monies and property. Today we see more psychological and emotional reasons to confirm our origins, and to “find our people.”
For the same reason we join gangs and country clubs, we want a sense of cohesiveness and belonging.
Irrespective of the pragmatic reasons to know ones DNA, such as confirming paternity, identifying diseases, qualifying for federal recognition, tracing adoptions, for most of us– we just want to feel more grounded. Understanding the past makes us feel better about the present. And that’s really why we design and decorate our homes–to make us feel better about where we live, and to make where we live, feel as good as it looks.
At Obelisk Home we say, “Celebrate your origins, celebrate yourself!