Re: Nature vs. Nurture (vs. the Soul)
I agree that it is largely something that can't be proved or dealt with one way or another as things currently are, but I do have my theories.
You ask about Nature vs Nurture vs the Soul...yet, I don't know if I agree with the distinction.
One of the things that bothers me most about my Self, my identity, is that sources appear both past and present. I find specific attributes in my personality that I can say "Oh, that's due to my family's view on women" or whatever, but when I do past life work, or Higher Soul work, I come across the same attributes. So is my view because of my family this time, or was I made that way, or was it conditioned into me twelve centuries ago? I'd be willing to say it's due to family stuff this time around, and that my memories are fabrications based upon my internal makeup, but the trouble is, what few past life memories I do collect, I put a lot of effort into validating (or debunking), trying to prove/disprove knowledge, languages, facts etc. So what do I say when I find stuff that I can confirm, and it echoes my conditioning this life? That is just it...echoes.
My current take, is to some degree our Souls pick parents and conditions that will echo, or reinforce patterns of the Soul. So, if my Soul is programmed to operate in a Matriarchy, then once I finish my Bardo-rough-and-tumble, my Soul seeks out a family that has a Matriarchy in place, so that the new me will have that aspect supported.
Why would this happen? My guess is there are just things we need to work on, and/or work with, and our Lower Self is far less of the Self than most people like to consider it seems, heh.
So 'Nature vs Nurture' vs the Soul, in my book the Soul sets up much of the conditioning for Nature vs Nurture.
When we first begin all things simply are.
As we grow all things are external.
As we learn all things are internal.
As we understand all things are not.