We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
IDK. I normally think of social equality as "you're not better than me, even though you make more money, have a fancy job title, etc." It stands in contrast to the British class system, the Indian caste system, today's globalist elite vs. rednecks, today's intersectionality hierarchies, etc.
1. Whatever it needs to mean at the time, with
2. A completely opposite meaning if the situation changes.
We HAD Social Equality in the '80s. Racism had been pretty much stamped down, movies like 'Blazing Saddles' showed just how horribly stupid it was. Things were getting better pretty fast.
There's people though to whom things getting better pretty much ruins their livelihood. Al Sharpton, Jessie Jackson - they made their livings off 'fighting racism' - and to see it fade means their paychecks get smaller.
Interesting stuff, I was born towards the end of WWII and adopted by wonder parents, two older siblings and one younger, all adopted. We grew up with well educated parents college and masters degrees and a lot of classical music, mom taught and judged piano as well as playing and taking lessons on the organ up to six months before she passed away at 79 years old. We all did fairly well as young folks and adults being teens in the 50's and 60's. Lost the older sisters in her late 70's but the rest of us are decently well off for our remaining years.
Funny thing is I discovered my birth mom a few years ago and found a wonderful family of four siblings the oldest two years behind me. They had no idea their mom ever dated before she was married but she did a bit of stuff and had me in a home for unwed moms. I have a half brother who looks a whole lot like me and the real stance thing is that I have been a gun guy all my life and still do some low level Steel Challenge competition in the top part of my 70's. My half brother is in his late 60's and does incredible shooting competition in his state and we both have had great hunting experiences.
My daughter who moved to the state where my three half sisters live has met some of her cousins and feels closer to them than the ones she grew up with and my daughter looks almost like a twin to one half sister who, like my daughter is very smart with a PhD, and they are fine looking women in their 40's with lovely kids. Genetics is a real thing and along with that growing up in a family with strong values and getting your butt kicked when it needed it, not literally because our dad who raised all of us could sit us down and bring us to tears talking about how we needed to better and our mom would switch us with a small branch when we were young, at least in my case until I could run away from her long enough to get her to start laughing.
My goodness, what it takes to raise and nature good people is a combination of family who know know right from wrong, going to church doesn't hurt, and have rules, expectations, validations and all that stuff to turn out functional happy adults who are willing to work for their own better future with the knowledge it takes time and at times the times will be bad times and those will have to become lessons learned.
Anyway that's my take on the genetics stuff. Life is all soup of stuff and we need to learn to work our own stuff and not expect to have a fairy godmother come along and make us all wonderful people with a fairytale ending.
I have an adopted son and his physical and mental abilities are so radically different from mine, my wife's and our biological son's that I am utterly convinced that it's 90% nature and, at most, 10% nurture.
I was already leaning in that direction, but the adoption of sons 3 & 4 similarly convinced me in a very real way. People wouldn't adopt if they didn't think nurture had some value, but I think its value might be more preventative of pathology and of finding work-arounds for lacks than much of an additive experience. It is, after all, easier to wreck stuff than it is to build it, including genetic advantages.
@ Fred Z - I do think we will also find that there are many things that are combos between the two, such as sexual selection of mates, or hormonal influences in the womb affecting what genes will be expressed and when. Worth keeping an eye out for that in your reading.
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