Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not depart from it. Proverbs 22:6
Tuesday, August 19, 2008
Nature vs. Nurture
Monday night, after the kids were in bed, I settled in with a salad and water (I'm detoxing again) and watched my 2nd favorite show, The Closer. On Mondays Abe usually works late so I get some time to myself. Oh, don't get me wrong, I do enjoy hanging out with my husband but on Mondays it's just me and Brenda Leigh Johnson solving Top Priority cases for the LAPD. The episode this week was entitled Nature vs. Nurture and was essentially about an adopted 13 year old with an extremely violent temperament. The question that arose in the episode was does heredity or environment determine who we become or how we behave. This question has troubled me for many years and the show really disturbed me. Does it matter where my kids go to school? Will it make a difference how I raise them? Are criminals born or made? Is homosexuality a preference or a predisposition? Do IQ tests measure innate abilities or acquired skills? What do you think?