Waging war against flab and losing it despite a strict diet regimen? Blame it on the ‘greediness gene’, says a recent study published in the Nature Genetics journal.
Little surprise then that, I was unable to control my cravings for cheese and chocolate. Since I cannot alter my genes, I cannot change my eating habits. So what should I do? Honestly, I think while scientists and researchers are unable to come to any conclusion; the easiest way out is, blame the genes.
Study or no study, I can vouch for a fact that there surely is a ‘number crunching gene’. How, you ask? Well, it is absent in my cells. It was never there. My tutor was clueless. Had he realized that my ‘number crunching gene’ was missing, he would have lost less hair.
After these absurdities, I am wondering what exactly is in my control. Now I desperately wanted to unearth the mystery. Help was just a tap away. The moment my fingers tapped the search button, I was amazed!
The list is long. There is a gene for shop lifters, for kleptomaniacs, for wife beaters, for addictions, for cake cravings, for depression, for wrinkles…. Guess what? There is a gene responsible for hating broccoli and spinach! Poor moms get livid for nothing. And just when you thought that there was no one to blame for your rising credit card woes, a study links a gene with impulsive spending. For the lazy, couch potatoes, the culprit is ‘idle-bone gene’, a study reveals.
And there is one for bad driving too. I love this one. I was thrilled to read about the fact that bad driving can also be blamed on a particular gene. Ha…ha vindication. Finally! About 30 percent of Americans have the variant gene for bad driving. While 30 percent of Americans have this rogue gene, surely double the Indians must be having it. Coupled with the ‘road rage gene’, soaring temperatures and lunar craters, our roads promise one helluva ride!
Surprisingly there is an ‘early first sex’ gene for teenagers. Parents can keep a tighter vigil…um, since the gene is there.
A gene variant which is present in four of 10 men can explain why some men are more prone to stormy relationships and bond less to their wives or girlfriends. In the same vein, unfaithful women have a rogue gene coupled with high levels of estrogen, responsible for their ‘escapades’.Then dawned a profound moment, a moment of inner deliverance…There must be a corruption gene wired in the political DNA. Okay, okay poor chaps, how can they fight the inevitable?
Understood in this manner, we are mere puppets controlled by our genes. On a serious note, where does the karma theory come in? Surely I am not a terrible person, if my genes make me forget the moral science lessons, make me steal, cheat, or abuse?
If genes and hormones compel me do horrible things, then are the consequences mine? How will I be judged on my Karma Meter? As a deliberate offender, or as a victim of rogue genes coupled with hormonal imbalance? How?
Kindly enlighten.I am confused.