I do not think that people are simply a product of their environment. I think that it takes much more than an influence to shape someone’s life, good or bad. Why? I’m glad you asked.
I think that people often blame their circumstances on their upbringing or their environment. I think that we all make choices. Someone could be raised in a working home and still be too lazy to work. Someone could be raised in drug infested home and still remain drug free. I think that while there are two extreme ends of the spectrum, there is also middle ground. I have learned that people will blame just about anything to avoid blaming themselves and taking responsibility for their actions.
If someone grows up in a drug infested home (selling or using) is that person more likely to use or sell drugs as an adult? I think that it depends on what other influences are available. There are always teachers and other family members. Ultimately I think that it is up to the individual whether they want that lifestyle for themselves. We choose our path and must accept our consequences. We can learn from mistakes but we must not repeat them, and if at all possible, learn from other’s mistakes too! People can come from happy, healthy homes and still be demented or broken. It’s all about how you value your life and the emphasis you put on being positive.
Everyone is considered a child until the age of 18. Everyone should utilize this time to make the big mistakes and learn from them, that way they can be productive adults. You don’t have to be a product of your environment, be better and expect more.
“Life is a gift, and it offers us the privilege, opportunity, and responsibility to give something back by becoming more.” ~Tony Robbins
“You cannot escape the responsibility of tomorrow by evading it today.” ~ Abraham Lincoln