Everyday life prejudice can lead to a lot of misunderstandings, discrimination, hatred and wars between humans . The world’s unity has been always a dream, when people of different bloods, origins or nations would sympathy, understand and respect each other from the most loving hearts.
Monodo brought together total strangers as a challenge for DNA testing through which exactly reveals who they are, where truly they come from…
As normal, everyone in the challenge was very proud of their nations, ethnicity and heritages. Their hesitant and prejudice views towards others sounds reasonable as it was their ethnic pride.
However, their perspective of the world and different people has got a sharp turn when they had their own DNA test results.
Here’s part of the commentary:
“It’s easy to think there are more things dividing us than uniting us. But we actually have much more in common with other nationalities than you’d think. We asked 67 people from all over the world to take a DNA test, and it turns out they have much more in common with other nationalities than they would ever have thought.”
Before asking the group to spit in vials for use in DNA testing, interviewers asked the participants about their individual backgrounds and heritages. Everyone seemed to know their family tree perfectly, and predicted their results would show little diversity… and zero surprises.
“It’s going to be, ‘Oh yeah, you’re French, and wait, your grandparents are French, and, wait…,” one woman said.
“I’m 100 percent Bengali,” a man said of his own background.
Some also suggested their personal experiences had led them to think less of certain other nationalities. A British man said he wasn’t a “fan” of people from Germany. A Kurdish woman said that she hated Turkish people, before quickly clarifying that she meant that she hated the government.
Weeks later, the group was brought back together. Then, in front of the 66 other participants, each opened envelopes that showed them the breakdown of where they were from.
The test results within the envelopes had made the world, with all its divisions and its distrust, just a little bit smaller. The British man found out that in addition to being 30 percent English, he was 5 percent German. The Kurdish woman learned that she had Turkish heritage. Everyone was surprised and moved.
“This should be compulsory,” the French woman said after seeing her results. “There would be no such thing as extremism in the world. Who would be stupid enough to think of such a thing as a pure race?”
More surprisingly, a woman through her DNA test discovered that she had a cousin right being in the room that she had not met in her life. The moment that they met each other for the first time is the most beautiful coincidental moments of the project.
What those Americans didn’t know was the number is actually far greater, and our diversity is far easier to see.
“In a way, we’re all kind of cousins, in a broad sense,” one of the interviewers observed in the video.
Momondo is continuing the “DNA journey” by giving over 500 people a chance to find out their DNA history, and enter a contest to win trips to wherever they are from. Both the video and the contest serve as a strong reminder that the ties that bind us together are far stronger than those that would pull us apart — and that some of them are even found in the sequences of our DNA.