The Imprint



My take on the nature-vs-nurture debate is simple: some of our attributes are innate, and some, probably more, are acquired. I've never understood the polarization of the question. In any case, it's the latter category that interests me most.

Our formative years are spent in a sponge-like state, our minds pummeled by an onslaught of stimuli that carves a landscape into our grey matter like a planet being formed in a shower of asteroids, until adolescence arrives, our muscles tense, and we make our first attempt at standing up in the face the fusillade.

Adulthood begins with the startling realization that our personality has been formed by a decade or two of arbitrary circumstances without so much as our written consent—much less input—and that our ability to make sense of the world is commensurate with the ability of our homunculus to find its way out of this labyrinth and into the pilot's seat before the nose dive sets in.

What a strange way to exist.

Anyway, I'm not complaining about any of this. Artists wouldn't have much to do if things were different.






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