Reading a news-beat about a recent discovery of 800,000 year-old footprints, I find it is close to impossible not to be moved by this one way or another. Different writers and bloggers already addressed different aspects of the discovery e.g. NPR, but ultimately, for me, it is the idea of reaching across time.
I read a while back about the theory of how we are all connected via breathing; that the same molecules we breathe today were inhaled and exhaled by dinosaurs, or at least by humans of previous generations. And then there is the idea of the Butterfly Effect which, in popular culture, came to represent our connection with each other and to the environment as one big eco-system, thus calling for humans to be more responsible in our deeds since the effects of such actions are far reaching beyond what we understand. But still, the idea that someone, a small group of possibly very early ancestors of ours, walked casually along a river, and their footsteps stayed to date, is mind-boggling.
I remember some time back, when I first moved to the house where I currently reside, a house by a lake, I was standing by the lakeside and imagining the Native Americans that once may have occupied that same spot many years ago. There is an unexplained magic to this, an air of mysticism. It all makes me wonder if 800,000 years from now, someone will discover my own footprints somewhere. Thus I shall keep on walking, barefoot when I can.
Learned from: a piece of news about this archaeology and anthropology discovery