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Genetic ancestors, DNA and the soul

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By John Hancock

About my new grandson, on his birthday:
I picture a really big funnel, open side up.
Above it are the numberless faces of the ancestors, fading upward into invisibility.  Infinite in number and variety.
They are all the previous links of both the genetic line and the souls.
The genetic ancestors are grouped by those of his parents, on respective sides.
The oldest are above, farthest away, and dimmer.
The souls are not differentiated this way. There’s no simple visual for these.  There’s not a time line.  No first, then next.  DNA does not  link them together.
Below the tiny opening of the big funnel is one tiny shiny drip.  Inside is N__, entering the world as a self.  The distilled essence of all those above and before.  There’s just one of him.
He’s not a blank.  He carries, like genetic code but even more elaborate, the concentrated essences of all the others, a totally personal blend of all the befores.
His path ahead is to wake up to all the experiences already in him, to live in his discovery of his inner richness.  That’s the key to his understanding and choosing among all the outers to come.
As a parent, our opportunity is to protect the seedling while it grows in just its way.  In the state of readiness, many seeds look just alike.  But each knows what it is, and grows in accordance.  It can’t do other than that.  Differentiation flourishes as that seed grows. It’s apparent earliest to those who watch most carefully and open-mindedly.
There’s only one N__, and here he is!
John Hancock

About John Hancock

John Hancock had a first career as a symphony orchestra musician and was a faculty member at University of Michigan. He has advanced degrees in music performance from Boston University and U.M.

Arts management was his way of problem-solving and expanding the public participation. He was orchestra manager of the Toledo Symphony, executive director of the Spokane Symphony and the Pasadena Pops and chief operating officer of the Milwaukee Symphony.

Currently he’s an Eagle Scout, a Rotarian, a liberal libertarian of an Iowa small-town self-sufficiency and was a conscientious objector during the Vietnam War. A childhood Methodist, he now instead pursues ideas of commonality among religions and philosophies.

Volunteerism in civic, political and social services work draws him to town from his forest home outside Spokane. Since 2006, his Deep Creek Consulting has aided non-profit organizations in grantwriting and strengthbuilding.

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