Everybody has Three Parents

Thoughts on the environment moulding life

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No, not quite literally.

Genetics, as well as the Human Genome project, has gone a long way in explaining the scientific basis of a humans traits i.e. certain physical features and certain mental features. The word certain is used deliberately to account for genetic mutations and unexplained traits. Until humans unravel all the mysteries, there is always an exception that remains beyond the realm of understanding.

It is quite an established fact that most of the human characteristics are defined by the 46 chromosomes that are inherited from parents. However, what one does with the inherited traits when one interacts with the environment is an interesting variation to an otherwise standard scientific story.

One would imagine a doctor’s son to be a doctor, an accountants son to be an accountant and so on. There is also something to be said about relatives. Maybe, an aunt that is a painter can inspire her nephew to be a painter. That still is a very near genetic pool.

However, the real art begins where science ends. Humans are capable of infinite variations just as a million synapses in our brain prod us to take an unfamiliar challenge.

Albert Einstein, for instance was a loner in his childhood – quite unlike other kids his age. His interest in science was piqued by a magnetic compass that his parents gifted him. Since then, there was no looking back.

Niccolo Paganini, sometimes controversially referred to as the devil’s violinist, could play three octaves across four strings in a handspan. He was truly a phenomenon. Although his exceptionally long hands could explain some of his prowess, a lot still remains unexplained.

Architecture is a fascinating study in aesthetics and function. I.M. Pei, Bjarke Ingels, Zaha Hadid all view the empty space as a canvas to be filled with very disparate visions. Spatial visualization is truly an amazing study oscillating between the abstract and realistic nature of human visions.

These are but a few examples of how different events, people and resources surrounding humans can create a large continuum of very different outcomes.

One of the thoughts to consider is how you can morph if you put yourself out of your comfort zone to discovering something completely different.

For people not inclined towards heavy metal, find friends who can introduce you to a learning curve towards appreciating heavy metal.

Travel extensively, read as if there is no tomorrow, risk your life (skydive, bunjee jump or scuba dive) at least once to discover the power within.

Dream during the day and work towards achieving those dreams for there is nothing powerful than a day dreamer who follows his dreams to fruition.

Most importantly, remember that imagination the key to discovering a new you everyday.

Writer @ The Intersection of Finance, Tech & Humanity. Stories of a Global Language: “Money”. Contributor @ Startup Grind, HackerNoon, HBR. Twitter@akothari_mba

Writer @ The Intersection of Finance, Tech & Humanity. Stories of a Global Language: “Money”. Contributor @ Startup Grind, HackerNoon, HBR. Twitter@akothari_mba