If the old adage "Blood is thicker than water" is true, I think for most, family comes first. Family genetics provide connectivity that brings protectiveness with better insurance for survival. The popularity of the television production of "Who Do You Think You Are", where well known celebrities trace their family tree, illustrates the emotive desire to discover our roots.
Viral videos show that the human connection among strangers is alive and well, too. Today, we connect with and support victims across the globe. This week the story of the 17-year old, unarmed, young man, who was allegedly racially profiled, followed by a neighborhood watch participant despite police warnings to stop pursuit, ended the victims life as he was gunned down by the vigilante. This unnecessary tragedy has stirred the nation's sense of injustice and grief. A recent national news relayed the story of an American soldier, deployed for his fourth tour of duty, who killed innocent civilians, mostly children,while serving in Afganistan. Though he is "one of our own", it is impossible to ignore the inhumane cruelty of the actions of this serviceman, who now faces the possibility of the death penalty. Genetically connected or not, normal human nature abhors hurting innocents.
I believe we are genetically programmed for survival. Nature creates the connectivity to protect those we love. However, I believe the thread that connects us human to human is made of steel, particularly in families that teach the preciousness of all life. Bigotry, unfortunately, lives on through those that teach hatred. It is our own worst enemy and proves that terrorists come in all shapes, sizes and colors.