You Can Learn Something New Everyday, or Can You?
Hey, don't touch that!
From the time we were born our parents taught us great many things. Many believe that from our birth up until the age of six we learn and absorb more than any other time in our life. It is during this time, I believe, that we are indoctrinated with the building blocks of who we are to become.
Do this, don’t do that- hey, don’t touch - that’s hot! All of these lessons are instilled in our young minds. Day after day, month after month we are methodically taught, trained and possibly even brain-washed into behaving a certain way.
What exactly were we taught; life lessons? Did they include what our parents, grandparents or teachers were also taught when they were young? Could it be that our child-rearing was nothing more than part of a vicious cycle of learning and doing what society deems as acceptable? Perhaps, but what if we did not learn all the lessons? Is it possible to relearn and change who we are? Can we actually take our innate traits and exchange them or even upgrade them? What we do know is it is possible to temporarily change who we are, such as when we are on a first date or a job interview.
If we are self-conscious enough to know when we should do the right thing or appear a certain way, then why would we not do it all the time? Perhaps we were not trained well enough or our brains were not programmed properly to follow that particular script.
Could our daily behaviors be due to cultural or religious boundaries? Maybe it is respect that we show in front of different people or in different places? What about love, fear, hate or want? More than likely it is a combination of many different things.
We may never know the true answer, but it is worth exploring within ourselves. They say that you are never too old to learn. We’ll just see about that.
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