Before I even begin to clarify what is widely-known by everyone on planet Earth besides Bill Russell and Randy Horick, I must ask, if you reading this has ever watched a women’s basketball game? Doesn’t count when you pass a game on T.V. when channel surfing or going to a game because a relative/friend asked you to. No, I mean from tip off to the final whistle out of pure entertainment…. Of course you haven’t because rarely anyone does! If you have I hope you feel unique because you belong the 1% of the population that does. Now riddle me how the best WNBA player even compares to the 10th best player in the NBA? They are shorter, smaller (as in mass), not as athletic, not as strong, nor as fast. This whole fundamentally more sound claim is ridiculous. The men playing at the collegiate and professional level aren’t just giant men bouncing a ball. These men are trained just as well, if not just as much as the women. Bill Russell is apparently a fan of the way the women play. Saying, “they are truer to the game” or in laments terms they are slower, not as strong and not as good as the men basketball players. I’m not only skeptical about Bill Russell’s well-being now but I also question his basketball IQ.I think we are definitely a product of our environment, at least to a certain extent. We start out a product of our genes.
After that, our environment provides food for growth, events for experience, parents to guide, and opportunities for decisions. Some of that we have control over and some of that we do not. Some of our actions are gene based like fight or flight. Whereas, mannerism is an adopted characteristic. There truly is a balance of both nature and nurture. When you hear examples of identical twins that were separated at birth, but have similarities such as the same names of their children, wife, and same occupation whether it’s a coincidence or not, you kind of have to respect a certain element of nature. On the other hand, to deny that the environment, or nurture, plays a role at all is just plain naive. When you see people raised in different cultures, there is no denying the difference that it imprints upon who we become. The same identical twins from my example above can have remarkably different lifestyles if one was raised in the inner city, and the other in a rich suburb. We spend our whole lives reacting to our environment, and so our environment has a huge impact on us.
But it is not the only impact on us. We have free will and can decide who we want to be and what actions we will take. So we are a product of our genes, our environment, and ourselves.An issue/debate pertaining to one’s identity, that’s stirred up some controversy, is “should drug addiction be considered a brain disease?”. I find this to almost be a “no-brainer”. Yes, Drug addiction is a brain disease because the abuse of drugs leads to changes in the structure and functioning of the brain. The initial use of alcohol or other drugs, for most people, is voluntary. But over time, the changes in the brain caused by repeated use and abuse can affect a person’s self-control and their ability to make good decisions, and the body may then gain a physical dependence on the drug. These effects are what make it so challenging for a person who is addicted to stop abusing drugs. Yes, you can say these brain malfunctions happening to these victims are self-inflicted but nonetheless, are indeed still brain malfunctions. Just because a disease is generated from prior actions of the diseased we should not scratch them off the list of consideration or aid.
For example, we don’t dismiss someone who inherits skin cancer because they were tanning too much even though it is self-inflicted. People feel that way towards addiction simply because the addicts consumption of the drugs were motivated behind the idea of being intoxicated. But anyways, I digress. Similar to other chronic, relapsing diseases, such as diabetes, asthma, or heart disease, drug addiction can be managed successfully. And, as with other chronic diseases, it is not uncommon for a person to relapse and begin abusing drugs again. Relapse, however, does not signal failure; but rather indicates that treatment should be reinstated, adjusted, or that an alternate treatment is needed to help the individual regain control and recover.