• Michael Dahdal

The Four Percent

Updated: Jan 3, 2020


A 2005 study by the National Human Genome Research Institute found that chimpanzees – our closest living evolutionary relatives – are 96% genetically similar to humans.

You’ll actually be able to witness the similarities in our behaviour and experience it yourself by tuning into your various urges and impulses.

If you hung out at a bar for 30 mins you'll actually see all the regular patterns in humans akin to something you’d see on the National Geographic channel.

But then there’s that 4%.

That ever so slight variance that makes you uniquely human

Granted, this tends to allude primarily to biology, but the point is, there is something about you, which makes you different from the other animals.

It’s your capacity to reach for that extra four per cent that makes you who you are.

So what’s in that four per cent?

What is it about you that differentiates you from all the other animals?

Not sure there’s a clear answer to that just yet, but what we can say is that a difference clearly exists.

It’s immaterial as much as it is material.

It’s philosophical and possibility even spiritual in nature.