The Ancestor Effect: Thinking about our roots boosts intellect and confidence

We all know that giving thanks [for our ancestral heritage] is something we “should” be doing. But recently a clinical study reported that thinking positively about our family roots boosts emotional confidence and even intelligence.

Source: The DreamTribe – The Ancestor Effect: Thinking about our roots boosts intellect and confidence

The 2010 study, published in the European Journal of Social Psychology, comprised four studies that pitted those who think about their roots versus those who don’t before taking a battery of problem solving and intelligence tests… Results indicated that both groups that looked back performed significantly better on the problem-solving test than the control…

So keep your ancestors close at hand. Every day, think about the people who are responsible for putting you on the planet. Consider their hard work throughout the ages, their resilience in tough times, and their ingenuity. Even a simple five-minute meditation in the beginning of the day can instill confidence that spills over into your decision making and your ability to deal with the problems that arise today.

Making space in your home can focus this daily meditation and remind you of your roots when you go about your daily life. Find a photograph of a family member who has passed on and who you particularly admire. Frame it and keep it visible in a part of the house you see every day. Make it a daily ritual to give thanks by spending a moment looking at this photograph or some other object from the past. Even better, set up a shelf for ancestral remembrances and spend a minute a day looking upon it and thinking of those who came before.

Roots matter. Rootedness matters. Some of us knew this instinctively, intuitively. But it’s still nice to see studies confirming it!


[The photograph is from a recreated Midsummer celebration at The Viking Way – a very immersive way to get in touch with one’s roots!]

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Moving to Hungary / The Determination of the Hungarians – YouTube

There is a lot of good in what this young woman – Melissa Mészáros, American-born of Hungarian ancestry, who returned to Hungary where she now teaches English – has to say! Heck, she’s more than half got me thinking of moving to Hungary, myself…

But one thing that really stands out for me is her assertion that, despite the very real problem of a slumping European birth-rate, the true and primary problem is still immigration: particularly mass immigration by third-world aliens.

Mass/replacement-level immigration is aggressively promoted by corporate plutocrats seeking a cheap labour force. Without immigration, she points out, wages would rise, thus increasing the financial stability of native Europeans (and expats of European heritage!), and thereby increasing their willingness to have children.

A lot of the reason for childlessness these days among Europeans and their descendants is lack of hope for the future. Immigration increases, rather than decreases, this sense of hopelessness! People reproduce when they have hope – for themselves, and for those future generations.

Why bring children into a bleak and unpromising future? Simply bringing immigration back under control could change that equation, dramatically.

DNA discovery reveals relatives of ancient Egyptians – CNN

Scientists analyzing mummy DNA find that the closest ancient relations were from the Near East and Europe.

Source: DNA discovery reveals relatives of ancient Egyptians – CNN

The “Black Egyptians” theorists are not gonna like this…

Ancient Egyptians and their modern counterparts share less in common than you might think. That is, at least genetically, a team of scientists have found.

Researchers from the University of Tuebingen and the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History in Jena, both in Germany, have decoded the genome of ancient Egyptians for the first time, with unexpected results.

Publishing its findings in Nature Communications, the study concluded that preserved remains found in Abusir-el Meleq, Middle Egypt, were closest genetic relatives of Neolithic and Bronze Age populations from the Near East, Anatolia and Eastern Mediterranean Europeans.

Modern Egyptians, by comparison, share much more DNA with sub-Saharan populations.

This is, of course, basically what ancient sources and traditional scholarship alike have been saying for centuries, indeed millennia. But the classical narrative has been challenged by people who, for contemporary social and political reasons, wanted to advance a counter-narrative which gave a higher profile to sub-Saharan Africans. Interesting to see that the latest science tends to confirm traditional understandings, not modern political correctness!

QOTD: On ancestors and descendants

Major David French Boyd, CSA
Major David French Boyd, 9th Louisiana Infantry, Confederate States Army; First President of Louisiana State University

“He who feels no pride in his ancestors is unworthy to be remembered by his descendants.”

Maj. David French Boyd, CSA; 1st President of LSU

Particularly ironic, in light of current events in Louisiana (New Orleans, in particular)!