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Tabula Rasa Essay

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-1 Nature versus nurture is an age old debate that pre-dates most other philosophical fundamentals. A particularly harried topic, that only the most revered intellectual figures of our past have dared to attack. To suggest that humans are born with or without morals, or that we are all driven by what our parents want us to be would be a hard sell in any case, and even harder to prove. However, to those savvy in the happenings of cognition the answer to this question is all too alluring and impossible to know for certain.

We all though are entitled to best guess’s when it comes to cosmic understanding and I have found myself in most agreement with John Locke, or perhaps better referred to as the Father of Liberalism. His idea of “Tabula Rasa” or that all persons are figuratively a blank slate when they are born by far is the closest to truth. ...view middle of the document...

To say that all humans are aggressive would be the same as saying all humans are intellectual. This is true to a degree but can not be applied as a instinctual principle.
In addition to John Locke’s theory being the most logical, for myself it is also what proved most true. My sister and myself were both brought up by parents who I would say took a “Tabula Rasa” -experimental approach to raising their children. Regardless of their own beliefs and morals they were very careful to never insist any of their personal devotions on either of us and while of course their opinions took some affect; did whatever they could to allow us to grow and develop on our own moral and intuitive standards. They urged us to answer our own questions and formulate our own stands on social issues and make up our own suspicions of the world. Take religion as an example… my sister and I were never once forced to go to church or say grace all throughout our childhood. This came as a relief to myself as I abhorred the thought, however my sister through the friends she made and the decisions and standards she set found herself wrought by some divine force and now can’t be told different when it comes to her Sunday duties. Two people that evolved in almost polar opposite directions (and not just when it comes to faith) were raised in the same house, with the same upbringing.
In conclusion the question of what drives humans to evolve and develop as they do is not only a redundant question, but is border-line stupid. The answer is of course, humans! Humans drive humans to develop through their actions which are written upon their blank slate that is given at birth. Cause and effect, we choose the cause and in a very general perspective choose the effect and it all twists and turns our personalities into who we are. John Locke was justly remembered in our history books for not only determining the most logical status of the human beginnings but making it sound as easy as “Tabula Rasa”.

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