Written on November 7, 2012
TOPIC: How does our location affect who we are?
Americans as a whole are very proud of where they come from. The American heritage has inspired t-shirts and movies and country songs (but let’s be honest— hasn’t everything?) for years. Americans show so much pride for their country, in fact, that in some nations it is considered boastful to say, “I am from the United States.” From this standpoint, the lives of our citizens would be dramatically different if they had been born in Saudi Arabia.
But how would their thoughts on religion differ? What would their beliefs be on the meaning of human consciousness? Would they have the same culinary palette; who would they look to for guidance in times of need? More specifically, what if they lived only two hours away from their current place of residence? What if they lived in low income apartments instead of high-priced lake houses?
I have this theory. I’ve discussed it once before on my personal blog, but I feel it is very relevant here as well. The people in our lives are just as unique as their DNA says they are, but I believe that the same basic personalities exist nearly everywhere you go. That being said, I don’t think your location really determines a lot about who you are as a human being. To quote Stephen Chbosky’s, The Perks of Being a Wallflower: “We can’t choose where we come from, but we can choose where we go from there.” I agree with that. Homes and cities and rustic, rural landscapes are the backdrops of our character-driven lives. Whether we are in Libya or Brazil; Montana or Maryland, we are who we are due to circumstance, association, and free will. Realtors and employers and governments may try to make of you what they wish, but the final say is always yours.