The lost generations

“Someone once told her programming happens when you are just a few years old, that our adult mindsets and worldviews are fully shaped before we are ten.” – From “Wayward Pines” by Stephen Romano

Had an interesting discussion with a good friend today.

The question before us was what influences our relationship with the world more – genetics or environment?

We agreed that both pretty much determined what we become. How we think. How relate. How we react. Our view of the world. On and on.

We agreed to disagree over was the percentages.

I sort of believe that they are equally responsible. However, one can easily dominate the other.

He believed that the ratio was 75%/25% in favor of genetics.

You could make an argument for either theory.

What is undeniable is the role our parents play. They influence us through genetics and the environment they provide.

What I don’t understand is, how did we screw up several generations of Americans so terribly?

“There are those who are made different in the womb.” – From “Wayfaring Stranger” by James Lee Burke

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4 Responses to The lost generations

  1. Was it Yogi Berra who said genetics was everything? I think his words were, “If your parents didn’t have any children, chances are you won’t have any, either.”

    In answer to your question of how it all got so screwed up, I think we can blame two people for a lot of it. LBJ and Dr. Spock. LBJ got the entitlement mentality spiraling with his social programs, and Dr. Spock started all that BS about not spanking your kids.

    Of course, if we had better genetics to give our kids, they would have turned out better. We ruined the genetics thing when Catholics and Protestants decided to intermarry. Before that, we had more purity. Oh, yeah, that and when the smarter people started using birth control, allowing more of the, uh, less intelligent to procreate in hordes.

    Well, I need to get back to reading Mein Kampf. I just finished Chapter 11.

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