Blessed are Mendel, Watson and Crick
All those who discovered one big trick-
That our characteristics and behavior any day
Can be blamed on our genes and DNA..
From obvious physical traits and maladies rare
To an optimistic disposition- nothing is spared
From the influence of the mighty double strand
All quirks of human body seem to stand
Subservient to the whims of their genetic constitution-
DNA has, indeed, acquired a dubious reputation
For being implicated in everything from addiction
To anger, adultery, any behavioral affliction..
Easy it is to blame something that cannot be changed
While (modifiable) environmental issues remain unnamed
By blaming unacceptable behaviors on heredity
There is a tendency to absolve oneself of responsibility..
But here is something that we should remember
While DNA loads the gun, lifestyle pulls the trigger*,
So even if the genetic code stays a mystery
Actions can outshine family history!
(Mendel discovered genes, Watson and Crick discovered double-stranded DNA)
(*Adapted from a quote by Mehmet Oz)
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