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Children are the Beginning of Our Future: Love determines coincidence- Part 1

Introduction

It has been a while since I wrote, Children are Our Future: The Human Biology of the Mother and Child. In the meantime the environment that surrounds our children has become gradually and increasingly harsher. Recently, there is hardly a day where bullying and school refusal and even murders caused by children by just "losing it" and being "irked" by something is not in the news.

Many of these problems do occur in school, but I do not believe that the schools are responsible for producing these problem behaviors. Rather, I believe that we cannot completely neglect the family as a very important piece of this puzzle, whether it be a direct or indirect factor in thinking about these problems.

Children are born with the strength to develop biologically, but their social development is fostered through their interactions and experiences at preschool, kindergarten and in the home.

In particular, as a newborn, the mother plays a central role in raising the child and the home environment is a very critical starting point for the child's social development. Of course, the father's role is very important as well, and the father's support of the mother is critical, but in Children are Our Future, I would like to focus on the biological, moreover, a scientific perspective. I believe that knowing the scientific basis for raising children leads to enjoyable childrearing.

I would like to revise some of my previous writings and present them to you as, Children are Our Future: The Human Science of Mother and Child. I would be overwhelmed by and welcome open-heartedly any questions or opinions you may have after reading these articles.

Children are the Beginning of Our Future: Love determines coincidence 1

Children's future begins with the fertilization of the ovum and spermatozoon. The biological phenomenon of fertilization originates in a very human and emotional circumstance. However, if we examine it from only a scientific viewpoint, it is the conjoining of genes in various combinations, for the future of mankind. It is also the beginning of the relation between the parent and child.

The mysticism of life is determined by pure coincidence.

The fertilized ovum is the child's life itself. The genes (note 1) that are in the 23 chromosomes (note 2) of the father's spermatozoon and the genes in the 23 chromosomes of the mother's ovum are combined and are incubated in the fertilized egg.

The genes in the spermatozoon and the ovum of each chromosome are passed down from the paternal and maternal ancestors.

When the spermatozoon and the ovum are made in the reproductive organs, the body must work to decrease the normal 46 chromosomes to half that amount. The chromosomes from either the mother's side or the father's side eventually get selected from the pair. Moreover, the chromosomes are not just selected, but parts of them are also exchanged between the pair.

The process of selection, replacement, or the partial exchange of the chromosomes occurs in an entirely random manner. This is what I mean by the mysticism of life.

The conception of a child's life -- or I would like to say, the starting point of one child's life -- is determined by genes and the fertilized egg, but is such a random process that we can say that sheer coincidence or some force of God must have determined it. Therefore, other than identical twins, not two people have the same combination of genes.

The fertilized egg attaches itself to the inner wall of the uterus (note 3) and divides and multiplies, developing into an embryo and then developing limbs and organs to become a fetus. When the appropriate amount of time has elapsed, the fetus is then ready to be born into this world as a newborn baby. The newborn baby grows into an infant and continues through the school-age years to become an adolescent and finally an adult.

Even siblings born from the same parents sometimes have different physical appearances and physical capabilities, which is exactly the result of the randomness of the genes I mentioned earlier. Hence it is natural, to see the diversity in our children with various personality and physical characteristics. When I see this diversity in our children, it leads to me to such elation to find the complexity and the simplicity of human nature working in various ways to make up our children...our future.



Note 1: It is in the nucleus of the cell that the number and morphology are determined, categorized by biological type, which, in this case, is animal. The number of chromosomes for humans is 46.

Note 2: It is a part of the chromosomal and chemical DNA, which controls phenotype, that is a morphological and functional characteristic of humans. It is thought that it decides the protein structure and enzyme of our body.

Note 3: The spermatozoon and the ovum join together in the fallopian tube. The fertilized ovum continues to divide as they travel to the womb. In humans, when the fertilized ovum reaches the womb, its internal membrane of the attached part is melted away on the sixth day after fertilization. It proceeds to become buried and is finally implanted in the womb.

Kobayashi, Noboru (1991). Kodomo ha mirai no hajimari: ai ha guzen wo kimeru 1 (written in Japanese). Tokyo: Child Research Net. Retrieved November 21, 2000, from the World Wide Web: http://www.crn.or.jp/LIBRARY/KOBY/MIRAI/cbs0073.html
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