What the world needs now in addition to love is wisdom.
Friday, January 27, 2017
King Solomon, Bad Behavior Genes (u/d)
Are bad people born with bad behavior genes?
Genes Versus Nature or Nurture
There have been, and still are today scientists, philosophers, and even despots that expend lifetimes researching, stating opinions, preaching, or working out mathematical formulas to prove that good, bad, altruistic, or evil genes cause or contribute to human behaviors.
How they will ever prove their theories which are basically nature or nurture, on billions of people with different cultures, family upbringing, moral teachings, schooling, along with individual life experiences, is going to be a hard sell to me. Why?
Wise Versus Foolish
If we are all responsible for every behavior we perform in life and if every decision would be judged as either wise or foolish, would we think before we act instead of making excuses to avoid personal responsibility?
For example, the devil made me do it, or I wish I would have thought before I acted, I am sorry, I did not think, he or she did it, why can’t I, etc. We are all going to make mistakes because we are human, or at times inexperienced. Just accept the fact that you made a foolish decision, accept the consequences, and move on instead of attempting to muffle your action with the word bad.
In a novel excerpt, I surmised how King Solomon, based on his proverbs, would have advised the Queen of Sheba about wisdom and foolishness. There are numerous proverbs to describe the cause of folly to be the result of choices, none the result of a person being born a fool. The novel is a contemporary application of a story form to promote understanding of proverbs and ancient wise sayings in relation to our modern times.
Of course, the science of genes was not known 3000 years ago. So what did King Solomon attribute to be the cause of human folly? I chose this proverb as an example to answer the main cause of how foolishness originates in human behavior rather than genes.
“Bilqis, a fool is a person who relies on his own intellect, is self-opinionated and incorrigible. Before a person can rely on their own intellect, they must first be willingly to learn discipline and conduct from a teacher. Piety and acquiescence conduct is necessary to acquire the wisdom to understand how to escape from bringing unnecessary harm upon ourselves.” The fool is the one who relies on his intellect, but it is a man of wise conduct who escaped harm. (Proverb 28:26)
Do you believe human folly originates from nature of genes, or is nurtured by choices we originate as a result of nurture and human vanity.
Regards and goodwill blogging.
As A Lily Among Thorns – A Story of King Solomon, the Queen of Sheba, and the Goddess of Wisdom by Rudy U Martinka.
Available as an eBook at most sellers. Read an excerpt by clicking below.