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  We Have Choices
by Mark M Lichterman
Wednesday, December 29, 2010
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These words are not directed to those with inbred or genetic disabilities, but to those who use genetics, or any excuse for their destructive behavior.


 

 

Choices,

we all have choices!

Choices to make that

are of our choosing.

 

Fact?

Excuse?

 

Genetics,

They blame genetics!

 

Fact?

Excuse?

 

A gene:

“A complex chemical unit

of a chromosome that

carries one’s heredity.”

 

Fact?

Excuse?

 

An alcoholic gene:

A gene that predicts…

 

Predicts:

“To declare in advance?”

 

An alcoholic gene:

A gene one is born with

that will declare in advance

if one is to be alcoholic?

 

Fact?

Excuse?

 

A fat gene:

A gene that predicts

if one is to be overweight.

A gene that predicts

If one is to be obese?

 

Fact?

Excuse?

 

A criminal gene:

A gene that predicts

if one is to be a thief:

a shoplifter,

a pickpocket,

a burglar.

A gene that predicts

if one is to be criminal?

 

Fact?

Excuse?

 

A homicidal gene:

A gene that predicts

if one is to kill,

if one is to murder.

A gene that predicts

if one is born a unfeeling beast?

 

Fact?

Excuse?

 

It’s my mother’s fault

I’m alcoholic…

I’m  fat…

I’m a criminal…

I’m a homicidal manic…

I’m an unfeeling beast…

 

It’s my father’s fault

I’m alcoholic…

I’m  fat…

I’m a criminal…

I’m a homicidal manic…

I’m an unfeeling beast…

 

It’s my parent’s fault!

 

It’s genetics!

 

It’s my genes fault!

 

It’s because I eat Twinkies!

 

It’s because I drink too much coffee!

 

Choices,

we all have choices!

Choices to make that

are of our choosing.

 

To be good?

To be bad?

To love?

To hate?

To be sober?

To be alcoholic?

To be fat?

To be slim?

To be honest?

To be criminal?

 

Okay, yeah!

Occasionally,

In rare circumstances,

genetics may well be in play.

 

But generally speaking,

For most of us,

genetics be damned!

Excuses be damned!

We all have choices!

 

 

 


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Reviewed by Kathleen McDonald 1/31/2011
I agree!!! Choices we make shape the life we live
hug
Kat
Reviewed by Patrick Granfors 1/7/2011
Not only that we choose to make bad choices! A double whammy, well except for beer, somebody has to support the economy. Patrick
Reviewed by Annabel Sheila 1/3/2011
I agree 100% Mark! Ultimately it all comes down to choice! WEll said! Happy New Year, my friend! Read "The Climbing Boy" over the weekend.....one of the most enchanting reads I've ever had....my family and friends are lining up to read it! Creative magic!!!! Can't wait til the movie comes out!!!!!!!!!!!11

Your friend,
Anna
Reviewed by John Martin 1/1/2011
Well said, Mark. Then again, my favorite is the Flip Wilson- Geraldine excuse..."The Devil Made Me Do It!"
Reviewed by JASMIN HORST SEILER 12/29/2010
It's amazing how we royaly treat some with genetic defects, while others of the sinful kind we often neglect. Happy New Year Mark!
Reviewed by Mary Lacey, Desertrat 12/29/2010
Mark,

These questions keep plaguing us. The only one I knew about was alcohol and obesity, but no we do make our own choices. Since I don't drink at all, but alcoholism runs in my family, am I an alcoholic? you've brought up some excellent points. Peace and love.

Mary
Reviewed by stan nassano 12/29/2010
did you have a choice who you were born to>hmmmm curious ......... then again maybe you did

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