Is Vulnerability to Inherited Vices and Weaknesses a Considerable Issue?

We love our inherited families, mostly. Love reigns, mostly. We suffer with them, for them, and because of them. The bond is so tremendous that it follows us even when we think we have run away.

What we observe as children at our homes — how reactions are made, responses initiated, how the air at home carries joys and disappointments, evil intentions, and aggravations — all of these influence our responses and actions at our own individual homes we create as adults. Commonly called ‘baggage’, is this inheritance all too important? Or can it be laughed off? Can a person ‘fight’ it, or is that even necessary?

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9 thoughts on “Is Vulnerability to Inherited Vices and Weaknesses a Considerable Issue?”

  1. There are times when something that seems like an advantage is really more of a burden – I find inheritance is often a burden. But then we never pay attention to the benefits of many things either.

  2. Is this because we never really pay attention to all of the good that inheritance does? Since we don’t do that, we are ill equipped to acknowledge that with the good comes the opposite as well.

  3. I think it depends on how you look at things. There are ways we carry over our familial traits ‘automatically’ (ie..my mother often says I’m as stubborn as my father 😉 ) But if we find that trait problematic, some of us develop the awareness to see it objectively, and when it arises, work to change it. But never everyone cares to study themselves this way, would rather say “this is how I am” and leave it at that.

    1. There are times, however, when the person isn’t even aware that he/she is carrying an inherited trait and would be better off without it. That’s trouble for those associating with such a person, no? 🙂

  4. Good question. I think our inheritance is a mixed bag….ah hahaha. Really, wisdom is all about figuring out which of the stuff is great and worthy of owning an which of it we should work hard to get out from under.

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