Nature vs. Nurture

Scientists have identified two factors that contribute to a person’s intellectual and moral growth- nature and nurture. Nature is the innate qualities and genetics a person possesses while nurture is an individual’s personal experiences or environment. Both factors contribute to a person’s development. The environment in which a person lives in at home, school, and other places affect the actions and behavior of the person. Also, through genetics, some traits and qualities are passed down to an individual and affect his or her growth. Scientists are questioning whether how much of a person’s behavior is based on nature and how much is based on nurture. Could an individual be committed for a crime and then blame it on the environment? Could a student have senioritis and blame their inability to do homework on personal experiences or the school? Scientists are attempting to draw a fine line between nature and nurture but are finding that the two can collide easily. I believe that the only person people can believe for their actions are themselves. I do believe that genetics and the environment affect a person’s intellectual and moral growth and believe that it is very hard to draw the line on which factor affects a person more. In terms of nurture, it does concern me if a person blames the environment for all their actions, including the negative ones.

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