FOWC with Fandango — Debate

FOWCWelcome to February 15, 2020 and to Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (aka, FOWC). It’s designed to fill the void after WordPress bailed on its daily one-word prompt.

I will be posting each day’s word just after midnight Pacific Time (US).

Today’s word is “debate.”

Write a post using that word. It can be prose, poetry, fiction, non-fiction. It can be any length. It can be just a picture or a drawing if you want. No holds barred, so to speak.

Once you are done, tag your post with #FOWC and create a pingback to this post if you are on WordPress. Or you can simply include a link to your post in the comments.

The issue with pingbacks not showing up seems to have been resolved, but you might check to confirm that your pingback is there. If not, please manually add your link in the comments.

And be sure to read the posts of other bloggers who respond to this prompt. You will marvel at their creativity.

Fandango’s Provocative Question #43

FPQWelcome once again to Fandango’s Provocative Question. Each week I will pose what I think is a provocative question for your consideration. By provocative, I don’t mean a question that will cause annoyance or anger. Nor do I mean a question intended to arouse sexual desire or interest.

What I do mean is a question that is likely to get you to think, to be creative, and to provoke a response. Hopefully a positive response.

I have two children (now fully grown adults). Their DNA comes from their mother and me. They were raised in the same household by their mother and me. And yet their personalities couldn’t be more different.

A while back, we got two dogs, Labrador retrievers, from the same litter when they were seven weeks old. And yet their personalities (or doggy natures) couldn’t have been more different.

So I often wonder about the “nature versus nurture” conundrum. The debate involves whether human (or canine?) behavior is determined by the environment, either prenatal or during a person’s life, or by a person’s genes.

“Nature” refers to all of the genes and hereditary factors that influence who we are — from our physical appearance to our personality characteristics.

”Nurture” refers to all the environmental variables that affect who we are, including our early childhood experiences, how we were raised, our social relationships, and our surrounding culture.

Now I’m interested in what you think. So my question is this:

What do you believe, when it comes to people’s traits and personalities? Are they primarily formed and shaped by nature or by nurture, as defined above? What about your personality? Nature or nurture? Please elaborate.

If you choose to participate, write a post with your response to the question. Once you are done, tag your post with #FPQ and create a pingback to this post if you are on WordPress. Or you can simply include a link to your post in the comments.

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Method To Their Madness

ECB55687-2B4A-49F4-99AF-6CD4F6FCDF46Do you think it’s strange that Donald Trump and some congressional Republicans seem to be bucking the NRA?

Well, consider this. Since the election of Donald Trump, gun sales have, um, tanked. Yes, gun manufacturers are experiencing their worst business downturn in decades. Double-digit sales drops are even driving some gun makers to the brink of bankruptcy.

Why are the fortunes of the gun industry suffering? Well, for gun manufacturers, fear is good for the bottom line. When Obama was president, gun owners rushed out to buy firearms because they feared guns were going to be outlawed. Once Trump took office, though, gun owners stopped feeling the need to stock up, because they no longer worried that anyone would be coming to take away their guns.

So, in the interest of buoying up the gun makers, the NRA, according to some senior Republican strategists, has given Trump and GOP lawmakers the go ahead to propose new gun limits without the threat of retribution. The premise is that introducing and debating those policies will be good for business.

We need to see through this ploy and not be played by this seeming resistance to the NRA on the part of conservative legislators. They won’t be taking serious legislative actions to impose more common sense gun laws or to ban assault weapons or limit the size of magazines. It’s nothing more than a shell game intended to drive up gun sales.

There is a method to their madness.