DOES THE LEBANESE GENES AFFECT THEIR BEHAIVIOR?
BY SUHAIL JALBOUT
Most Lebanese, whether they are residing inside or outside Lebanon, are baffled as to why their fellow countrymen cannot agree among each other on an arising matter, and why they are always in dispute. The most amazing phenomenon is that in the few cases when they do agree on a matter, their honeymoon does not last long. One really wonders if there is a specific reason completely out of their control that forces them to react in this manner. Is it possible that changes to the Lebanese genes have occurred in the past which led to this behavior?
The brain controls the human body through bioelectrical signals. If damage occurs to a certain part of the human body, artificial electrical signals can be used to repair the damage. For example, a medical device is used to regulate the rhythm of the heart, electrodes are planted in the human brain to relieve the symptoms of Parkinson’s disease, and artificial limbs controlled by human brain signals are implanted in people who need them. This implies that the bioelectrical signals are an essential component in controlling the human body. One wonders then whether there is a connection between these bioelectrical signals and the human genes.
Eric Kandel, the 2000 Nobel Prize winner for Medicine, discovered that the learning process causes signals to be transmitted into the DNA of nerve cells. Those signals can turn certain genes ON and other genes OFF. He also showed that change does not only occur in the brain (Neuroplasticity), but change can also affect inherited genes.1 Based on this extraordinary research, it is obvious that the brain had an important role in the evolution of modern man. Most probably it sends electrical patterns of biochemical origin to genes to modify or change certain aspects of the human body during the process of evolution. Here are some examples that can be explained by the communication between the brain and the genes:
- The reason why modern man lost most of the hair that used to cover the body of his ancestors is because the brain realized that man changed his lifestyle.
- The reason why modern man has a redundant appendix is because the brain realized that man changed his diet.
- The reason why the human embryo loses its tail when it develops into a fetus is because the brain realized that man became erect.
- The reason why the present young human generation is losing their wisdom teeth is because the brain realized that man changed his diet.
The blood vessels are located throughout the human body. They form a complex network that enables the blood to reach every cell in the body. In addition, the blood has a high concentration of salt and water which makes it a good conductor for the flow of electric currents. So, it is quite possible that the addressable electrical signals (currents) from the brain are transmitted through the bloodstream conductor. These currents can reach any cell in the body but will only address the desired genes. Alternatively, we know that electrical currents produce electromagnetic fields. When the brain transmits addressable electrical signals (currents) to address specific genes, they produce addressable electromagnetic fields. These electromagnetic fields can reach any cell in the body but will only address the desired genes.
From the forgoing, it is evident that the brain sends bioelectrical signals to control the human body and to communicate with the genes. It is known that genes effect the behavior of human communities. They do not specify behavior directly, but rather encode molecular products that build and govern the function of the brain through which behavior is expressed. The relationship between genes and behavior can change over time with prolonged experience. Consequently, if humans follow a certain behavior for a long time, no doubt it will affect the brain causing changes in the genes. Hence, is it possible that the present Lebanese behavior is due to genetic changes that befell their ancestors?
The coastal cities of Lebanon (Tripoli, Byblos, Beirut, Sidon, and Tyre) have natural borders. Each city has mountains in the east, sea in the west, a river to their north and a river to their south. Thousands of years ago, the mountains of Lebanon were much higher covered with cedar, pine, and oak trees. Due to the high mountains and thick forests rain and snow fell heavily in winter flooding the rivers below. As a result, land communication between the coastal cities was almost impossible. The only possible route would have been via the sea. This may have been the reason boat and ship building, using Cedar wood, flourished and these ships became a legend. The ships were not only used to sail the sea between the port cities, but they were also used for trade throughout the Mediterranean Sea. Because each city was an independent self-governed city-state, they often came into conflict with one another in addition to sever trade competition leading to conflicts and sometimes to bloody wars. This may have been the beginning of the behavioral problem. What increased the division among the city-states were the conquerors. The strategic location of the city-states has made it a valuable target for numerous civilizations, kingdoms and empires (total about 15), to conquer the city-states throughout the history of Lebanon until its independence.2 There was no need for the conquerors to apply the policy of “divide and rule” because the city-states were already divided. Whenever the inhabitants of the city-states join forces, the conquerors played on their division to indulge them back into conflict Therefor, their prolonged dispute for thousands of years must have caused changes in their genes which, in turn, became part of the Lebanese personal social behavior.
If the Lebanese uncontrollable lack of agreement is due to their genes, then a cure must be improvised.
There are four fundamental forces that determine the physical behavior of everything in our universe. These forces are: (1) Gravitational forces, (2) Electromagnetic forces, (3) Strong nuclear forces, and (4) Weak nuclear forces. Atoms and sub-atomic particles interact with each other through these four forces to present the universe as we see it. However, there is a fifth force that Einstein mentioned in a letter to his daughter. He wrote:
“If instead of E=mc^2, we accept that the energy to heal the world can be obtained through love multiplied by the speed of light squared, we arrive at the condition that love is the most powerful force there is because it has no limits. Love is light that enlightens those who give and receive it. Love is gravity, because it makes some people feel attracted to others. Love is power, because it multiplies the best we have, and allows humanity not to be extinguished in their blind selfishness. Love unfolds and reveals. Perhaps we are not yet ready to make a bomb of love, a device powerful enough to entirely destroy the hate, selfishness and greed. However each individual carries within them a small but powerful generator of love whose energy is waiting to be released.”3
No doubt love is the force that can heal Lebanon because it is the most powerful force in the universe. It is about time for all Lebanese to switch ON their innermost positive love generator and switch OFF their negative initiator.