Think beyond your genes

Kiyara362
Posted December 23, 2018

 

If your friend flipped a coin and said “heads or tails”, you would undoubtedly pick one of the two. So you are given the absolute freedom to pick any side of the coin, but it must be either heads or tails. Likewise, You may choose any career you can think of, but there are always restrictions. 

 

For the next few minutes I want you to forget all life’s restrictions and “Think beyond your genes”. But not your pair of Guess jeans. “Think beyond your genes” is a quote from the book The Biology of Belief written by Professor Bruce Lipton, a developmental biologist. He has proven that the people we will become is not solely dependent on our biological genes, nor is it determined by the flip of a coin. Our personalities, morals and beliefs stem from our environment, our families and peers, all of which we have almost no control over. However, each and every one of us has the individual capacity to change or ignore these beliefs that are impressed upon us. You cannot believe everything you hear. You cannot trust everything that you are taught. You are not defined by your heritage. Take me for example, my ancestors were indentured laborers, brought to South Africa to plant sugarcane.  But does that mean I’m going to spend the rest of my days cutting sugar cane? Definitely not. The world is my oyster. I have the freedom to choose what is right for me- that is not genetically determined.

 

Let us look at Diabetes. This is largely a lifestyle disease and not solely genetically predisposed, as it is dependent on stress, diet and exercise, which are all within an individual’s control. 

 

Apart from illnesses like Diabetes, our hair or eye color and the melanin content in our skin, can be determined from our DNA. Even the skill of being able to roll your tongue is set in stone. Notice how none of these characteristics have anything to do with the way you think. Your thoughts and beliefs are left entirely up to you. Or so we think. The point I am trying to make is that mental and intellectual capacity are not determined by your genes, excluding of course genetic disorders that cause mental problems. You may not believe me but we are shaped by learned behaviors and social media. 

 

Negative learned behavior occurs from the interactions with our immediate environment. For example, you would raise your eyebrow at an Indian parent for adopting a white baby. True story, my aunt asked social services to adopt a baby who would die of a brain disorder if no one was able to pay his bills, but the response she received was: “we don’t give white babies to Indian parents”. White girls at school aren’t allowed to put cornrows in their hair because it isn’t their culture. Now please, this is not another racism speech. I want to show you how we allow ourselves, generation after generation, to succumb to the beliefs of society as a whole and let them shape us as people. 

 

My granny wasn’t walking around with the latest iPhone, asking for the Wifi password or posting pics on insta. But our generation is being shaped by social media and not our genes. We allow these smartphones to do the one thing we should be doing for ourselves: thinking. I’m not saying you need to be Einstein and stop using the phone calculator but nowadays, and even I am guilty of this, we ask for Google’s opinion on everything. So much so that “google” is a verb in the Oxford Dictionary and not just a search engine. We are being shaped by the internet and by our families but where does it end?

 

As children we are told: “You will be great at something!” But why can’t we be good at everything? I believed that Academics were the key to success, anything else was a waste of time. Now I have been in two plays and drama lessons are long awaited. This is seen as taboo for many of my family members that are intellectually inclined to science and math but Drama is a big part of my life. We need to do whatever makes us happy, but no one else can decide what that is. No one else has the right to restrict you or impose their beliefs on you. You may have their genes, but you are not your parents or your grandparents.

 

From birth we are boxed into a way of thinking. Maybe you will meet a friend inside this box. He will pull out a coin out his pocket and say, “heads or tails”. But there is no tape on this box. You are free to open it as you wish. Don’t feel the need to pick one of his limiting options. Open your box, it’s time to think beyond your genes.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Lisbeth
Dec 24, 2018
Dec 24, 2018

Dear kiyara,
This is amazing, I love your reasoning super! Oh I have a dream to adopt a white child ooo, but if Indians parents cannot adopt white child how much more black parents ;-).

And yes society have a great influence on us. Hope you are having a great day.

Regards

Kiyara362
Dec 25, 2018
Dec 25, 2018

So glad you understand. Every child deserves a loving and supportive home and we’re all trying to achieve this.

Lisbeth
Dec 24, 2018
Dec 24, 2018

Ooh by the way I forgot to welcome you to WP. You are most welcomed :-)

Jill Langhus
Dec 24, 2018
Dec 24, 2018

Hi Kiyara,

Welcome to World Pulse:-) I totally agree with Bruce Lipton and this philisophy. I totally believe we can change most of our "predetermined" illnesses and our life, in general, when we challenge our beliefs. It does govern everything. You are wise to realize this and I also totally agree with people needing to think more, rather than rely on outside sources, such as Google, to make life decisions. I'm looking forward to seeing more posts from you.

Hope you're having a great day!

Kiyara362
Dec 25, 2018
Dec 25, 2018

Thank you so much! A person’s character can only develop from a place of discomfort or when we challenge ourselves so I guess we have to remember to challenge ourselves every now and then and not just our beliefs.

Jill Langhus
Dec 26, 2018
Dec 26, 2018

You're very welcome:) Yes, that's true.

Beth Lacey
Feb 18
Feb 18

Thank you for joining World Pulse

otahelp
May 11
May 11

Kiyara seriously your line of reasoning does not work the way we want it to be. Heads or tail also does not follow any logical reasoning. for me life is all about what you make of it. Genes or not so people still go their own way. Those that criminally minded have very good parents and siblings but they chose their own way. So it is not about heads or tails. its about what you want and work towards with determination and clear cut objectives and methods of achieveing them

thank you i love this pieace

Kiyara362
May 12
May 12

I have used the idea of heads or tails as a metaphor. I am not saying that everything in life is left up to chance. I’m sorry if you think that my thoughts are illogical but thank you for reading my story.

Raquel Daniel
May 28
May 28

Thanks for sharing