You made it. Through the violence of the Big Bang. Through the random creation of planets. Through the development of the first organism. Through the millions of years of evolution, where you grew-up with your siblings in East Africa: Homo rudolfenis, Homo erectus, Homo neanderthalenis, Homo denisova, Homo soloenis, and Homo floresiensis.
Regrettably, evolution was not kind to your siblings. The ecosystem would only support one subtribe of Human — you, the Homo sapien.
Why? Your siblings claim there is nothing extraordinary about you. They noted, “Sapien was an anxious and fearful child who enjoyed building things and cooking.” Their underestimation gave you the time to plot your ambitions:
- Leave East Africa
- Visit Arabia
- Visit Eurasia
- Take over the World
The author, Yuval Noah Harari, asks:
How did we manage to settle so rapidly in so many distant and ecologically different habitats? How did we push all other human species into oblivion? Why couldn’t even the strong, brainy, cold-proof Neanderthals survive our onslaught?
One standard answer is language. You had a unique language that allowed you to take over the world. My question is: “What is your next step? Will you continue the push into oblivion? Will you slow down to appreciate the risks of your new role?”