I attended a genealogy seminar today.
I was particularly impressed by this statistic, given in one of the talks [David E. Rencher]
...“one-third of the world’s population born today has no written record of their existence or recognition of nationality. This not only makes the living memory extremely valuable, but very perishable.”
I was just overwhelemed with the strong desire to stand up and interject with a disclaimer that even so. . . that doesn't make their existence any less valuable, or yours or mine, any more important.
Sigh ... I didn't.