I spent four years learning how to write about other people but I still don't know how to write about myself.
Journalist, educator, and full-time nerd.
Depression and Evolution
As humans, we often hold ourselves above most other animals in the world, as if we are somehow inherently more special or more important, but the fact is that we are victims to evolution just as much as anything else. The human genus, homo, developed from the Australopithecus genus, and over a few million years came to encompass nine currently known different human species, like the Homo neanderthalensis, Homo erectus, and of course Homo sapiens.
What Makes Us Special?
There is an old thinking experiment called the Ship of Theseus, in which over a long period of time old parts on a sailing ship are replaced until every old piece is replaced with a new piece and then all the old pieces are refurbished and are made into a new sailing ship. Which ship is the original ship? Think of every individual as their own Ship of Theseus with cells dying and being replaced, as well as tastes, beliefs, and ideas, what makes us, us. The human body is even made up of more cells that are not of our own than those of our body’s creation.