What makes you comfortable? What makes you uncomfortable?
Last week we talked about how birds fly in a “V” formation. They don’t have to think about it. Something in their genetic code has resulted in their being most comfortable flying in a “V.” Flying in any other formation would use too much energy and result in fewer offspring.
What does this have to do with us? Think about what you like, and what you don’t like. As a student of behavior, we must have the courage to investigate everything. And it starts with ourselves.
What do you like? The color blue? Bluegrass music? Picasso’s blue period paintings? Perhaps the movie, Blue Velvet? Now think. Why? Why do you like these things? What about a genre? Do you prefer one style of architecture to another?
Here’s the really tough part. Try and tease out how much of this is due to being your choice, part of the way you were raised. Maybe it’s due to your parents, or a loving aunt and uncle. So, take away all the influences you can attribute to your environment, the way you were nurtured.
What’s left? We call it nature. It’s built into your DNA. It’s your program.
Now, think about everything you like. Your foods, clothes, cars, even friends. How much of each of these is part of your DNA? Can you figure out the amount?
Does it bother you to know that part of your choices in life may be out of your control? Don’t be. It took thousands of your ancestor’s generations to help make those choices. It’s nice to think they made good choices. But maybe they didn’t. Whether you like it or not, you are the result of their choices.
Are you comfortable with that?