Ever thought of how important nature and nurture are in our lives? They are two different factors that shape the people we are, what we do, and where do we go. A lot of people believe that their fate is written in the stars, or whatever is beyond the Earth. But I know that’s not true. We decide what is to become of us, but our environment plays an important role in this process.
After a lifetime of being told what to do, where to go and what you can’t do. You may have started secretly wondering if it’s all worth it. On the other side of the world, someone else is starting from scratch without any idea of where they’re going.
They might not have the answers, but they’re not asking for them either. They have the courage and determination to forge ahead no matter what comes their way regardless of the results. You too can be like them.
It’s never too late to stop thinking about what you don’t know and start doing what you do know. Whether it’s reading a book or experiencing a foreign country for the first time. There are plenty of ways to put your newfound knowledge to good productive use. If you need the inspiration to get the ball rolling. Here are 10 useful and interesting facts you may not know.
Nature and Nurture
- 98% of the world’s languages are still spoken by people who haven’t even invented writing.
Start learning a language now. You will live in the future of humanity with an encyclopedic knowledge of future generations. Speaking a new language could also change your life. Because it opens up a world of possibilities and frees up some crazy hours.
- Egypt is the only country with the word for “twinkle,” which might go down in history as the most useless word in the English language.
There is no word for “twinkle,” so Egypt invented this word themselves using their own version of technology. If you think the other languages just suck, think again because there’s a lot going on here for an 8,000-year-old ancient culture.
- Scientists have discovered over 350 chocolate factories in the last 100 years.
Most of these chocolate factories were built between 1900 and 1940. Chocolate factories require a massive amount of energy and the United Nations doesn’t want to spend their limited resources repairing them. If chocolate factories have taught us anything, it’s that we must never over consume.
- It’s harder to remember what you learned in school than you think.
I kid you not. People forget even the most basic information like history, science, and most math. People memorize facts that are easy to check but easy to forget. Memorizing facts that you should be able to check in an instant is way better than doing math 50 years from now.
- Spending two months in Japan and two months in the United States has a positive effect on the economy.
According to Mike Gillman from BLOOMBERG. Spending two months in Japan gave Americans a $1,222 increase in savings. Compared to a measly $256 increase in savings when spending two months in the United States.
Following the Rules of Nature and Nurture
Are they doomed to wander aimlessly through a superset of tiny goals and diets they don’t even know they follow? Or is it all possible with persistence, vision and a little effort?
Well, we’ve all been there, haven’t we? We’ve spent our entire lives following someone else’s rules, living life according to someone else’s schedule and in someone else’s space.
Sure, you’re smart, determined and work hard, but what does that really mean in the grand scheme of things? You might even say you’ve been playing the system the longest, and now you’re ready to break the rules and do something off the beaten track. But, the nature and nurture argument holds you back from taking the plunge.
But that’s a pretty big “What if?” for most people. Maybe they expect much sooner. Perhaps they expect they have no options and no time to adapt. Maybe if they give up now, they won’t be able to do it in the future if they tried to give up ever again.
So how can you take it as an opportunity to gain a more flexible perspective on your life of nature and nurture and the direction you’d like it to go in? Well, these are my thoughts on three things you can do right now to give you more choices for the future, including some suggestions for flexible eating.
The Three Takes of Flexible Eating
There are several options when it comes to flexible eating. Pegging it to one of these options as limits often provides the wrong message that leads to a false sense of security.
Consider other ways your eating habits could change
General flexitarian eating models allow for more flexibility than eating setting rules associated with establishing a diet.
In these scenarios, it is OK to eat what, when, where and how you want, as long as you stick to certain guidelines. This is considered a plus, because it frees up time otherwise dedicated to food preparation, so you can pursue non-food-related interests.
General flexitarian eating models also allow for a wide range of foods. We don’t have to limit ourselves to realistic food restrictions. As long as we subsist on meat, fish, plant-based or heart-healthy dressings diet, or aim to meet a very specific macro diet goal of around 1,500 calories a day as a minimum, there is still room for our tastes to allow for a wider array of foods and meals. Eat everything, then cook 1,500 calories at the end of the week. In reality, we might need to gain a little room otherwise.
Flexitarian meal plans place a much firmer temporal constraint on the amount of food that is allowed to be eaten.
So, how realistic are those cruise ship jobs? Just how many toppings can you really drop onto an ATV before it lands in the drink?
Commercial Fishing Industry
Adapted from a real-life ‘way-back-when story told by author Karen Lamb, reclaiming the nature and nurture of the commercial fishing floats to navigate the wilds of the open ocean is the premise for the award-winning documentary Wild. Set in the Salmon River of British Columbia (Canada), the film follows a group of amateur float reachers who try, and often fail, to navigate the fresh-water salmon streams of the Northwest Coast. As the days stretch into weeks and the nights grow longer, the adventure continues.
As they discover new waters with fewer recreational laws enforced, the nature and nurture of the commercial fishing industry faced an uncertain future.
Check out our guide to the various types of fishing floats and lures, as well as some helpful resources on float etiquette and how to navigate the back-country.
A fishing float from Everglades Swimming & Sportfishing, an organization dedicated to preserving Florida’s Everglades.
Some people carry a purse sewn onto their float. Others don’t have one at all.
“A lot of times I’m heading out to a place where I don’t know the river well and end up looking for something in someone’s float,” says Caleb Baston, a veteran float fisher and motivational speaker. “It’s a great way to just float around and explore.”
In the second half of the film, Baston and the other volunteers dive into the deep end: commercial fishing. Although the industry has improved in recent decades, many coastal communities still lack regulatory oversight, meaning fishermen must tread carefully to avoid prosecution.
Sherry Tucker, curator of the Commercial Fishing Museum at the University of Oregon, has seen the future of fishing once and knows that unregulated fishing can result in catastrophic environmental damage.
There’s a line on the bottom of the ocean right now between irresponsible and catastrophic.Sherry Tucker
In the film, a woman caught and killed a 17-pound blue marlin 18 miles off the Oregon coast. This was her first blue marlin, and she didn’t know where it was caught or why it was bad. United States laws are extremely stringent, so it was an exceptional catch.
Wild takes a behind-the-scenes look at this catch, which is one of the largest, ever, to have ever been caught legally.
A lot of the regulations are on the books so they have to follow them, but also it’s really about respect for the laws and trying to make a boat and the crew feel safe.Palmer