As members of the human race, we all start out like Jason Bourne in the Robert Ludlum series of thrillers – all we have is a name. The past before we were born is blank and unknown. Gradually we piece together what the dickens happened and how on earth we got to this point.
Jason Bourne did it by running around Europe with a gun and a ridiculous array of special abilities.
We do it by reading history books.