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    Question Concept of “Life Status History” related to family achievements past and present.

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    Question: Does your family “Life Status History” predetermine you own social standing and successes in life?
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    Re: Concept of “Life Status History” related to family achievements past and present.

    Hm, interesting. I like "nurture".
    Then, your own “Life Status History” determine your offspring’s?
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    Re: Concept of “Life Status History” related to family achievements past and present.

    What if, say, a family's history is established whether on top, middle, or the bottom of a series of horizontal sociological planes that move through time without deviating from their original historic positions, wouldn’t anyone born in a particular plane be predestined?
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    Re: Concept of “Life Status History” related to family achievements past and present.

    Quote Originally Posted by neoTypic
    What you do to enable yourself as a capable and providing parent strongly effects the tools your child has to utilize in his/her endeavors.

    They can be either material or emotional, but in the way you live your life largely determines in which way the child will live theirs.

    I see reflections of this every day working in a children's ER.

    So yes, it at least effects the childs. Not 100% perhaps, but it has a profound impact.
    This has been argued about since the Renaissance, since John Locke, nature vs. nurture.

    I think the prevailing view has been heavily influenced by the backlash against Natzi Eugenics, so that it has been taboo to believe in genetic predeterminism and social Darwinism (-the idea that the cream of society should be freely allowed to rise to the top and flourish, the poor should be allowed to wither, so that human society would grow stronger).

    But in fact there is little evidence that parents have a great influence in how kids turn out. Intelligence and drive is mainly genetic. Fulfilment of potential is much more influenced by the kind of school you go to and the kind of people you hang out with and identify with outside the home. Intelligent, driven parents are more likely to "nurture" their children, who achieve more, not because of the nurturing but because of the inherited traits for intelligence and drive. Intelligent driven children who are not nurtured, given a half decent school, achieve just as well.

    In fact the degree of parental nurturing is probably quite variable within each social layer. Nevertheless, seeing as your parents provide your genes, choose your school and initial peer group, your social standing is, perhaps not predetermined, but heavily weighted by your "family status history".

    (Paul, can I keep the extra 't' in Natzi; otherwise, look: ~~~~)

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