Inherent – definition: existing in someone or something as a permanent and inseparable element, quality, or attribute
We are all unique beings, even twins have their own personalities, likes and dislikes. Many years ago, I knew twins, who were so dissimilar it was hard to comprehend. One was an ‘earth mother’ wanting to be married with lots of children, the other the absolute opposite, wanting nothing to do with a family life but driven to become a business woman and fiercely independent. Even though they were identical in looks; until one cut her hair short; (you can guess which one!) they could not have been more different. They shared the same gene pool, the same womb and facial features but even those conditions did not define them as individuals.
What makes us different? Nurture or nature? It is a question that has been researched, discussed and pondered for many decades. Some experiments were utterly cruel in the name of science, such as the case of Bruce Reimer (Brenda). http://www.bbc.co.uk/sn/tvradio/programmes/horizon/dr_money_prog_summary.shtml This is not just a tragic story but horrifying in its detail. Even though Bruce was conditioned to believe he was a ‘girl’ he knew that he was not and suffered dreadfully.
Acceptance of our true self is a basic need for all of us, whatever that may be, as long as we do not force our beliefs and views onto other people. How dull would the world be if we were all the same – clones if you will – thinking and behaving exactly the same?
Do you have a unique trait or know someone who has?
As writers creating unique characters for our narrative is paramount. It draws our readers into the story and hopefully engages empathy with the characters and their plight. As in real life there is an unlimited amount of personality types to choose from or create.
- Homework – Nature vs Nurture 20/09/2013 (svsociology.wordpress.com)
- Wine Expert? Nature, or Nurture? (dmwineline.wordpress.com)