Monday, July 24, 2017
What Shapes Us?
"Life is shaped by those that pass on their traits..." Is this true only of genetic influence and inheritance? Or can life also be shaped by those who pass on their traits by other means? Can life be shaped by books, songs, works of art, etc.? (This was the original meaning of "memes," by the way, before the internet hijacked and diluted the concept.)
The shaping of life is undeniably linked to genetic traits. The genes for being tall, naturally athletic, or blonde are all direct links to genetics and DNA. However, influence and inheritance are equally as important and impactful. There are countless people that have been adopted around the world and have taken on the work ethics, cultures, habits, and outlooks of their adopted families. Traits can be passed on through personal or indirect relationships. The man or woman that works at Big Brothers/Big Sisters can pass on traits to their Little Brother/Sister by spending time and sharing experiences with them. There is a universal power in passing on traits through contact and relationships because energy is present and it can be shared and absorbed. This is the reason that young people are encouraged to watch the company they keep, because bad energy can permeate and influence decision making. Additionally, a trait can be passed on through indirect relationships with people that you never physically meet. I am a lifelong Prince fan, and it was by watching him and loving his music that I decided to pick up the guitar and learn to play. Life can be shaped through the music, songs, or various works of art that resonate within the individual human spirit. My mother tells a story on the link below of how I was singing Prince songs from the “Purple Rain” soundtrack at 3 years old. She explains how it had to be the songs that attracted me because she did not prompt me to sing I just picked it up on my own. It resonated with the individual human spirit. To this day I still listen to and love Prince as an artist and influence. If it had not been for my introduction to him, I do not know if I would have gone on to become a musician and songwriter. He is the direct link to a trait I would not have had otherwise.