Nature vs. Nurture
Raymond W. Young A.S. Sociology
Nature vs. Nurture
I came from a long line of social dysfunction and a long line of bad genetics however, “these were the tools that helped me succeed!” I never blame my parents or my environment for all the terrible things I went through, I do in fact think that they made me a sum what stronger individual, which can withstand any obstacle. Looking in, I think that I have already been through the worst, so it’s time to excel and stand up for what I believe I am, and do what I know I’m capable of.
I was born in Coachella, California which isn’t a well-known city other than being known for the high crime rate and high Hispanic population. According to the U.S Census Bereu (2000) demographics on the ethnic population were 97.4% Hispanic in 2000. I was in the 1.6% white population so you can picture me as the minority growing up, in which I was very heavily discriminated against. Most of this 1.6% was myself, my mother and father, (which have stayed together through everything) the oldest sibling Rebecca (sister, which went into foster care and never returned), my older brother Robert, and the youngest Joy (sister). So I guess you can say that I was sort of the middle child.
I didn’t have a joyful childhood experience, nor could I say an easy one either. Having something to eat was very scarce in my home, and being sent to foster care was something that became very routine. It wasn’t because I was poor. Sure my house had giant size holes in the wall, the house was heavily infested with cockroaches , no air conditioner, and most of the windows in my house were covered with boards (from my mother breaking them out), and it was a good month when the water and electricity wasn’t disconnected by the utility companies. Oh and did I forget to mention all those times we had to try and barrow money from people to get food? (Or beer I mean for my parents). In all actuality, the median house hold income was $28,590 in 2000, which was when I was 16 years old (U.S Census Bereu report, 2000). I remember my father making near $40,000 a year in 1995, making us not poor. My father actually had a good job with the school district as a diesel mechanic, and all of my friends couldn’t understand why I lived so poorly, and why I always stayed at their house so that I could eat. Why is all of this such as it is, you ask? Well, first off my parents were both alcoholics, (severe) and they put their substance abuse problems ahead of everything else. We literally ate only the produce which people would give to my father. All of my father’s income went to the “2-3 case a day beer habit”, the rest went to a few bills that were about to be disconnected, and about “$20 a month”, was left over for a few groceries for the family. This was tough, but it showed me how to feed my family. It also showed me how addictions can ruin your family, and the importance of financial responsibility. So in short, all of this made me a stronger individual.
I was never given any guidance from my parents, nor was I encouraged to do anything by my parents. They basically just told us to go outside while they drank their beer. They didn’t care who we hung out with, or what we were doing, unless we got picked up by the police. So basically learning how to be a man, how to work, how to build, and everything else was solely learned from what I seen in the world around me (school, friends, public, peers, brothers and sisters). Through all of this, I would say that I formed my own opinion on the way of life, through my own eyes, and what I believed in my heart that I could make of myself. I built the person I am today, solely by the decisions I chose, and the path I chose, which many people I knew didn’t follow through so well. Many of them are either dead or in jail.
Nature can be described as your genetic or inherited characteristics, while nurture can be referred to as the role in...
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