Vivekanand Vellanki

Nature and nurture are two factors that play a very important role in how a child evolves into an adult.

Nature is used to refer to the genes of an individual. Genes control quite a bit of how an individual behaves. Fortunately, genes do not care about rich or poor - "good" genes are equally likely to be present in all individuals.

Nurture refers to the environment in which a person grows - the house, the neighbourhood, the parents, etc. Clearly, this is different from person to person - and this can certainly make a difference.

Rich people have access to resources (money, food, good school, tutors, mentors, internet, etc) and can provide better opportunities for their children.

Poor people do not have similar access to resources. Quite often poor people are not educated and cannot help their children with their homework.

I have seen children of rich people doing internships where they get to earn money and learn about the real world. Children of poor people dont have the same opportunities due to lack of internet, or lack or awareness, or other factors.

As far as genes (nature) go, there is no difference between rich and poor. However, as far as nurture goes, there is a huge difference between the rich and poor. And, this provides a significant advantage for the children of rich people.

Sangeetha Pulapaka


  Can you be more specific? What sort of  differences are you referring to? Their mindset?