You probably know that about 66 million years ago a meteor struck the Yucatan peninsula kicking up a huge dust cloud that blocked the sun and led to the extinction of the dinosaurs. But did you know that this event also paved the way for us to inherit the earth? It's true. If that meteor hadn't flipped over the game board we never would have been able to get a start in this world.
Our species began about 200,000 years ago in Africa. What's interesting is that we stayed put in Africa for a long time... 130,000 years. That's a long damn time considering our restless nature. Don't you think? By that time (70,000 years ago) our numbers had dwindled to only about 2,000 people. We almost bit the big one. Then, all of a sudden, our fortunes changed. We migrated all over the freaking planet establishing magnificent civilizations everywhere we went.
Wanna know what changed our fortunes? Language happened. This enabled us to work together. Think about that. Being able to get along and cooperate saved our asses... literally. It's an awesome legacy and one that we should honor every day through kindness and compassion for all our brothers and sisters.