I am a refuge, I am an immigrant, I am a colonizer, I am an exploiter, I am a victim, I am a murderer, I am a winner and I am a loser.

Neither metaphorically, nor solely out of empathy or solidarity, do I speak this but as a statement of fact. Biologically, I am a product of my ancestors, what they did, and how they adapted to their experiences. The sum total of it all was passed down in my genome and epigenome to me.

It’s not just biological. We ourselves, those we love, and all who came before us have lived out diverse and seemingly contradictory potentials. Through our family history, in our own lifetime, over the course of a single year, or even a day, all history informs our cells and awareness that no one always wins, and no one always loses. Read More→