An Alternate Dimension : A World Light Years Away By Adolf Hitler

996 Words Oct 15th, 2015 4 Pages
In an alternate dimension, a world light years away, Adolf Hitler was born paralyzed, Barack Obama was born Asian, Donald Trump was born a woman, and you were born with a mental illness. Would these people, including you, be in the same places they are today? Would these people have been capable of accomplishing the same feats they have? How would the world be altered? The confounding variables of genetics and luck set the parameters for the freedom of life. Genetics, the immutable nature of how one is born, specifies parameters by which one can live our life. It is not known to what extent DNA or the environment affects who one is, but it is recognized that DNA plays a significant role. Imagine being born with a mental illness such as schizophrenia. No matter the choices you made, you would be followed by this illness. Now ask: If there were a pill you could take to instantly cure you, would you take it? TED speaker Elyn Saks, who is living with schizophrenia, answered this question by refuting a poet who, while denying psychoanalysis, retorted, “Don’t take my devils away because my angels may flee too.” Elyn countered this by responding she would take the pill because her devils are so terrifying that her angels have already fled. Even though there are those who have chosen to maintain a positive outlook on life in order to regain the freedom of choice in their lives, their choices are still restricted by genetics. Luck determines when, to whom, and where one is…

Related Documents