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Ancestry: Un/Importance of it
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Posted 5/10/09 , edited 5/11/09
Ancestry is of the utmost importance. Who are we without our history? Humans thrive on it.
Posted 5/11/09 , edited 5/11/09
Can't say I care much.. I have some interesting ancestors I guess, Kaiser Wilhem being the most famous of the ones I know... But I fail to see how that should be of any importance. I can't help who my parents are, where I'm born or what colour my skin is... And I certainly wont act in any special way according to that...
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Posted 5/13/09 , edited 5/14/09
No. I think if one wants to persue their cultural and family heritage is certainly entitled to do so. However for someone like me, there is nothing to gain from it. Its not where you came from thats important. Its where your going(dont know who first said that).
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Posted 5/16/09 , edited 5/16/09

o0James0o wrote:

geeene_16 wrote:

I'm curious about the people's views in knowing their family's lineage and how much it matters.

There are a lot of people who live out the lives of their ancestors. Some get obsessed about finding out who there ancestors are or who they are related to at present. There were tons of articles published saying that Obama was 10th cousins with Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie with Clinton and Celine Dion, McCain with Bush, et cetera et cetera.

Here's a fact that I would like to share with all of you:
There's a term called Ancestor-worship, aka Ancestor Veneration or Ancestorism. Basically, it's the belief that the deceased relatives are still existing and that the family must continue on its filial duty to take care of these 'ancestors.'

What is up with this obsession of knowing your whole family lineage?

So what's your opinion about it? You could also share some of your family history/ancestry if you know of it
Hm, I'll begin by...
stating my own family history, my family was from mainland China, and they basically are very traditional and has this thing with telling all the young children that we should be proud of our clan since we descended form the royals. My ama (grandma) and angkong (grandpa) kept telling me that our family are descendants of the Li family who founded the T'ang dynasty, and basically they never stopped blabbing about it, well my ama stopped cause my angkong died so she didn't have anyone who would willingly blab about it. But it's nice to know where I came from, it's just not something that I really need to take at heart, cause well the T'ang dynasty is over, and I really don't care about what happened in the past although it is nice knowing about one's past.

For me, it's nice knowing about my own family history but I think it's really unnecessary to dwell on it or obsess about it. Live your own life and not someone else's. Make your own legacy and not continue the legacy of others. Carpediem I say. But that's just my opinion.

didnt they burn all the old stuff (records of family's lineage included) during that cultural revolution?

heck, i would like to know where im from....

Dunno, I mean you know how some of the traditional Chinese are. Especially the old ones. It's either they made that stuff up or it's passed on through word of mouth.
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