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Old July 20th, 2012, 08:47 PM   #1
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Are we all products of our environment?


This statement could be answered in many ways and I welcome all views. There are many different columns people from all walks of life can be assigned to. Some live entire lives not concerned about venturing outside their protective shell. Others hit the ground running, exploring, investigating all possibilities. Then there are many on the midground. Some are content, some never will be.

Social status as well as financial soundness adds to the equation as well. In the U.S. today there are numerous outlets available that require no financial outlay from citizens.Every city has library services. Most larger areas have museums, art centers, tutoring services and so on.

Before resources were readily available to large numbers there were great discoveries made using the most rudimentary tools and information. Now the power of the electronic age allows most all to have vast amounts of information /mis- information at our beckon call

I reside in the state I was born in over 50 years ago although I have ventured through all the lower 48 and the majority of the seaports from Scotland to the north shore of the Med. Sea. During which I received an education in life no price can be placed on.
I definitely was not born in the upper crust of society and nothing has came easily, but I would like to think I have made a somewhat positive mark.

So what does the forum say, product of environment,yes, no, maby?
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Its a mix of nature and nurture.
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As our "environment" could be interpreted to include both our "nature" and our "nurture" aspects, I would say that we most certainly are.
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The older I get, the greater the role I think genetics plays.
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So what does the forum say, product of environment,yes, no, maby?
No clear answer.
As a teacher, I've seen siblings from the same parents, home,
environment and opportunities perform differently in school.
The lesser performing student can not be making the same
grades or even performing on the same level in sports. Often
their personalities are very different as well.
I've seen rich kids go bad and I've seen poor kids do well, so
I"m not a strong believer in environment. I say we are products
of our personalities.
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No clear answer.
As a teacher, I've seen siblings from the same parents, home,
environment and opportunities perform differently in school.
The lesser performing student can not be making the same
grades or even performing on the same level in sports. Often
their personalities are very different as well.
I've seen rich kids go bad and I've seen poor kids do well, so
I"m not a strong believer in environment. I say we are products
of our personalities.
This would seem to be a strong argument for products of our genetics.
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Old July 20th, 2012, 09:36 PM   #7
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At the very minimum the opportunity is there if one chooses to better their situation through education and then apply the lesson learned.
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At the very minimum the opportunity is there if one chooses to better their situation through education and then apply the lesson learned.
I agree with you.
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Assuming by "environment" you mean the world external to ourselves, such that genetics are not included as environmental factors, I would say that environment plays a partial role, but is not the only factor. In fact, I think we could make an analogy: environment is to one's personality as food is to one's body. Just as with healthy food in correct proportions one's body will develop naturally and properly, in a healthy environment one's personality will develop properly. Conversely, just as an unhealthy diet results in bodily defects, an improper environment results in personality defects.
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