To find your foundation, look within yourself and ask what your values are, why you hold them, and where they came from. Many of our values are shaped by culture, which evolves through traditions, art, institutions, and morals. We often embrace culture without realizing it, and the values we are taught while growing up become the foundation of who we are. However, as we become more independent and explore life on our own, our beliefs are challenged by experiences and people.
The origins of humanity can be traced back 2.4 to 1.4 million years ago in Southern and Eastern Africa, where DNA traces back to the first humans. Since then, people have scattered worldwide, with the first civilization in modern-day Iraq and many others in Africa, Asia, and the Americas. The significance of humanity’s African origins is that many resources for innovation come from Africa, and many cultural phenomena come from those of African descent.
Tracing your lineage can mean examining your family members and learning about your nationality, as significant cultural beliefs often stem from there. European colonization heavily influenced many of our modern-day nations, including India, the Caribbean, Africa, the Americas, and others. The effects of colonization can be analyzed through cultures, such as the widespread practice of Christianity, colorism (favoring lighter skin), and overall infrastructure.
As we grow and evolve, it is important to regularly reexamine and reassess our values and foundations. Our experiences, interactions, and exposure to new information can lead to a shift in our beliefs
and values. It is essential to reflect on these changes and understand where they come from in order to remain true to our authentic selves.
Furthermore, finding your foundation is not just about understanding your personal values and ancestry, but also about recognizing the larger historical and societal context that shapes our experiences.
Understanding the history and impact of colonization, for example, can provide insight into why certain values and beliefs are prominent in certain cultures and societies today. It is important to critically examine these societal structures and understand
how they continue to affect us today.
Ultimately, finding your foundation is an ongoing process of self-discovery and reflection. By examining our values, exploring our ancestry, and understanding the larger societal and historical context in which we live, we can build a stronger sense of identity and purpose. This, in turn, allows us to live more authentically and make a positive impact on the world around us.
This Week’s Tip by Prince El