Let me start by first stating that I am not a psychologist, sociologist, or even a scientist of any sort. I am not a real professional; just a professional thinker. What I am is an overly observant and curious human being, who see’s an apparent disconnect between a large portion of humanity and the core reality of our current situation as a species. We go to war and we kill each other. More often though, we kill our neighbors and our family. We poison ourselves and each other through deceptive business practices fueled by greed. We hate and we injury those who we see as ‘different’ even when we know the difference is rooted in perception and not in facts. We learn to partake in an economic system designed to keep all involved indebted and therefore complicit in the oppression and deception of others. Some would argue that human being have a seed of darkness planted in their souls- and the evidence to support such a fact seems overwhelming at first glance. But it always behooves the observer to take a second look.
Are we born destined to become the monsters we see on the evening news? Or are we taught, through the tutelage of society? Yes, I brought up the age old nature vs. nurture debate. For those of you who are new to the party the nature vs. nurture debate is as follows; The phrase nature and nurture relates to the relative importance of an individual’s innate qualities (“nature” in the sense of nativism or innatism) as compared to an individual’s personal experiences (“nurture” in the sense of empiricism or behaviorism) in causing individual differences, especially in behavioral traits. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nature_versus_nurture
I believe that the general consensus in the nature vs. nurture debate is that their will never be a consensus. This is largely due to the conflicting data collected through various case studies. Take for instance this Abstract. (read only whats underlined to skip the dry stuff)
Twins: a study of heredity and environment. Newman, H. H.; Freeman, F. N.; Holzinger, K. J. Oxford, England: Univ. Chicago Press. (1937). xvi 369 pp. Part I contains a review of previous studies and of techniques for diagnosing zygosity. Part II describes studies of 50 pairs of identical compared with 50 pairs of fraternal twins (all pairs reared together), and Part III presents the results of studies of 19 pairs of identical twins reared apart. The division into identical and fraternal types is paralleled by a bimodal distribution of differences between the test scores of members of the pairs, and identical twins are again found to be more alike than fraternal twins. Correlational analysis, analysis of variance adapted to show the relative effect of nature and nature, the effects of age, and case studies of identical twins reared apart all indicate that physical traits are least affected by environment, ability and achievement scores more, and personality and temperament most. There are a number of other fairly specific conclusions, but the influences of nature and nurture constitute “not one problem but a multiplicity of minor problems,” and “there is no general solution of the major problem nor even of any one of the minor problems.” (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2012 APA, all rights reserved)
I particularly like the section that stated “…physical traits are least affected by environment, ability and achievement scores more, and personality and temperament most.”, because it puts it all in perspective. We are bound within the physical parameters encoded within our genome, yet are malleable in matters of the heart and mind. It can easily be argued that those same physical parameters affect emotional and intellectual potential, but the data indicates that most people are affected (a great deal) through environment to feel, think, act, and behave in certain ways.
The environments we sustain are effectively rearing the youths of today, as they grow and learn their way into adulthood. Human beings are good at manipulating their environments to achieve their desired goals. From the time of the agricultural revolution up until this very moment we have been creating a synthetic environment. Each one of us have been born into an environment that churns out violence and hate as the byproduct of so called “progress”. The good news is that each and every one of us are a part of this environment, and we can either join along with the others, complicit in our role, or we can refuse to partake in things we know to be harmful to others. A peaceful resistance to the flawed aspects of society, such as war mongering and hate, or greed and deception, causes those aspects to lose power; and when enough of us resist it will crumble to dust unable to sustain itself any longer. Join me in the resistance.
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