The importance of knowing one’s roots

This post is part of ROOTS – a series that originates on BlogHer’s NaBloPoMo – see what others are posting on the topic.

Roots: they are the stories that ground you, the food that returns you, the music that comforts you, and the people who know you. Everyone has roots that influence them, even if they don’t consciously know them or can’t access them.

Thursday, June 13, 2013:

How important do you believe it is for a person to know their roots?

I am sure that when you know your roots, you feel a sense of identity that gives you strength to go through life, which is never an easy thing. It helps feeling grounded, having a feeling of meaning. However, thinking of those who have very little way to find their roots – because they have been adopted for instance – and also thinking of those who might discover that they were born of a rape, this might be troubling to go back to these stories.

Roots - Systems by Aaron Springer
©Courtesy of Flickr – Aaron Springer

How important do I believe it is for a person to know their roots? I am not sure I believe it is important.

It is a personal inclination to see interest in such a search and knowledge. I believe it is important to take care of oneself, I believe it is important to know and follow rules to live in harmony and ethically with others, but apart from these things I believe are important, I am not sure I would rate knowing one’s roots as truly important: I don’t believe that you are unbalanced even if you don’t know your roots. The roots are certainly part of who you are, but if you choose not to know them, I don’t believe it makes you less or more of a kind. I believe this is part of an introspective quest, or search, or curiosity. It certainly would bring you lots of great insight, knowing your roots, and if you integrate this insight properly, it certainly can help you grow some personal assets, but I believe it is really like being interested in a subject matter, and not everyone is curious about this, and they still live very well without it!


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French blogger in the US writes on cultural differences, disabilities, religion, social media and politics.

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