How is a human being to be shaped?
For we can be configured many ways,
And over eons we have mimed and aped
Behaviors meriting both scorn and praise.
Our very malleability may be
Our most amazing and auspicious trait,
Our protean potential to be free
Of any in-bred, predetermined fate.
What character is best to shape, what skills
To inculcate if each is to become
What he or she should be that best fulfills
Unique potentialities, or some
Implicit destiny within each soul
That leaves one feeling realized and whole?