Melanin is a chemical. Chemicals have dollar value. As of January 2018, melanin is worth $407.00 a gram. That makes melanin worth over $350 a gram more than gold.
Melanin is an aromatic bio polymer and organic semiconductor. Eumelanin is the brown and black form of melanin. It is found in the skin of humans, feathers of birds, fur of mammals and ink of cephalopods. Microorganisms even produce it. Pheomelanin is a red and yellow form of melanin. Plants also have a form of melanin known as allomelanin. Melanin is produced through a chemical process known as Melanogenesis.
Screenshot of chemical company website showing melanin is worth $407.00 a gram.
Melanogenesis results from the oxygenation of the amino acid tyrosine in the presence of the enzyme tyrosinase. The first phase of Melanogenesis occurs when tyrosine becomes dopa. Dopa is the precursor to neurochemicals dopamine and adrenaline. When the third phase of Melanogenesis completes dopa transforms into dopaquinone. Lastly, the production of melanin is from dopaquinone.
The price for gold today is $42.48. That means melanin is worth $364.52 a gram more than gold.
It has been nearly four years since we became informed melanin is worth more than gold. At the outset we really didn’t think it meant much more than something that Black people, African people, MELANIN people, at home and abroad can point to as a source of pride, dignity, nobility and self-respect.
Since, then we have come to see some people, apparently fear the effect of everyone on this planet knowing melanin is worth more than gold. Rather than embrace the opportunity for growth spiritually, emotionally and psychologically, a number of hoaxes a wide variety of urban legends and a diverse assortment of fake news projects have appeared to us along the way.
More importantly, that disinformation revealed that a great deal of what we experience as sentient beings is based on not just cognition, but perception. We all have the ability to acquire knowledge about the world around us through thought, experience and the interpretation of our senses. Yet, two people will perceive the same information differently. For instance over 290,000 scholarly articles exist at present involving melanin. Yet, none appear to address the data indicating melanin is worth more than gold or the socio psychological implications relating to the two.
In a world where 95 percent of all the universe is dark matter, there are some who still consider darkness as symbolic of something other than the sublime divine. A potential for cognitive dissonance exists in a culture which sees “light” as symbolic of good, when UV radiation is the culprit behind a worldwide skin cancer epidemic, on a planet where a chemical absorbs light and is worth over $350 a gram more than gold. The conflict gets further exposure when it is recognized there are people promoting the idea “melanin” causes “vitamin D” deficiency. The same group never suggests a “melanin deficiency” causes skin cancer. They always claim UV radiation causes skin cancer but never hint as to a lack of UV radiation being the cause of vitamin D deficiency, if such a deficiency exists.
Melanin being worth more than gold reveals a great deal of conflict exists on this planet right now because of how people perceive the information they receive. It appears be inducing stress for some. Having developed mechanisms to adapt and endure centuries of false beliefs due to the melanin content of our skin, in addition to, such fallacies as “good guys wear white hats” and the “heart of darkness” metaphor, melanin now has the potential to open the floodgates of personal achievement for all sentient beings.
Will we, as a species, be able to let go of unverifiable ideas which falsely and irrationally imposed limits upon our capabilities? Fallacious ideas based on the melanin content of our skin always lacked evidentiary support. Will we now “rise to the majestic heights of meeting physical force with soul force?” The potential is definitely there. The will to let go of limitations and embrace an awareness beyond the present is the only challenge we face.