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Nature vs Nurture

November 28, 2022
By Anonymous

What do you believe has more of an effect on an individual: their blood or how they act? It's not just one vs. the other; the two are connected. The world isn't black and white anymore. Nature and nurture help make a person different from the rest. 

Nature is defined as blood-related or hereditary characteristics that influence the human personality. Many people judge humans because of the blood in their veins. Most judge people for the skin they have. 

Instead of judging hereditary characteristics, we should go outside and be one with nature. Nature is beautiful, everything is different from tree to tree, animal to animal, and plant from a plant. All those living things don't judge each other on their differences but embrace and become one.

You may wonder why I bring nature into this. To answer that question, is nature that much different from humans? No, it's not entirely that different at all. 

The common thing among them is that every single human and every living organism is different, making us the same. Every single human has a variety of different blood-related characteristics. For example, one kid has blue eyes while the other has brown, and one kid is taller than another kid. Every single person is not the same. 

That is why I question humans; why bully someone for being different when we are all different? I know. It's weird and confusing. I'm also perplexed. 

Martin Luther King Jr.'s famous I have a dream speech is an excellent example of what I believe in. Martin Luther's address on August 28, 1963,  "I have a dream that one day down in Alabama with its vicious racists, with its governor having his lips dripping with the words of interposition and nullification, one day right down in Alabama, little Black boys and Black girls will be able to join hands with little white boys and white girls as sisters and brothers ." People with different skin would be able to think of others not as different people but as family.  

Nurture, on the other hand, is defined as the growth and development of someone. Others bully people because they come from a poor lifestyle or are adopted. I think this is more important than nature. 

Nurture is where the person is grown into something they want. It's like a pathway; every step forward is constructed from what you have succeeded in and what you want. Just like nature, nurture is that everyone is different and the same. 

With nurture, a human born into a wealthy family couldn't understand what it feels like to be taken into a low-income family, and vice versa. The reason is that every child is raised differently; one could be spoiled and one desperate. One child could be grown up in an abusive home and one with loving parents. However, one crucial factor is how and what the child takes into account.

I think that children can all grow up to be something great. I know this is true. A child in an abusive household could want to change from becoming an abuser just like the people who raised them. I've witnessed that someone would like to change from the background abused adults gave to them to something better. But I've also sadly seen the opposite. 

Surprisingly enough, I think there is one more—the human choice. Crazy right, I bet you never thought of that before. 

Now you might be wondering why I have added human choice and that right there is a good question. What we decide is the most important thing any individual can do. Our options make us who we are and who we will be. 

A person can make any choice to make themselves different. For example, you could put pickles in your peanut butter and jelly sandwich. You could also be other by taking tap dancing as a hobby.

Many things make you well you. Like, I like eating peanut butter on its own sometimes. Maybe you have a toe fetish. I point out that every choice you make helps make you different from everyone else. 

 People can compare human choice to a controller, a very complex controller at that. This controller helps you decide which way you will move and which buttons to press. We as humans take these two concepts into heart our nature and nurture.

Humans choose these two concepts because of what we go through and what blood runs through our veins. These two concepts become one to show the effect on the individual. Where we take into account that a person's skin might be black and that person might have lived in poverty but where the person can decide if they will let that define them. 

I believe that nature vs. nurture has a manageable impact on the person. Nature and nurture must be one. The person is a single being, all connected just like a puzzle.

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