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Do We Become Our Parents?

Recently @ben20 brought up Stromae again, so I wanted to share more of his work.

His break-out hit, Papaoutai brings up an interesting of: Do we eventually become like our parents, good or bad?

I personally don't have an answer for that and I think its different for everyone, but I'd love to share the lyrics and video with you and hear what you have to say!

The song begins with a son wishing his father were present in his life, but because of work or a number of other things, he's absent:

Tell me where he came from
Then I'll know where to go
Mama always says when we look really hard
We'll find what we've lost
She says he is never very far away
He often heads off to work
Mama says working is much
Better than being in bad company
Not true?
Where are you Papa?
Tell me, where are you Papa?
Without you having to tell him,
He knows what's hurting you.
Hey damn Papa,
Tell me where you're hiding!
I must have counted at least
A thousand times, to ten
Where are you? Papa, where are you?
Where are you? Papa, where are you?
Where are you? Papa, where are you?
Where are you, where are you, Papa, where are you?

But then, do you become like your parents?

The song takes a turn and reflects on what the sons or daughters become:

Even, whether we believe it or not
There'll be a day we'll believe it no more
One day or another, we'll all be the Papa
And from one day to another, we'll also have vanished.
Will we be hated?
Will we be loved?
Forefathers or geniuses
Tell us...who gives birth
To irresponsible men?!
Come on, tell us who does?
Everyone knows
How babies are made
But no one knows
How fathers are made
Mister Know-it-All,
It's in our blood, that's it.
Where are you? Papa, where are you?
Where are you? Papa, where are you?
Where are you? Papa, where are you?
Where are you, where are you, Papa, where are you?

So do you think that it's possible for you to grow into your parents without you realizing?

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I actually met both my parents for the first time 4 years ago when I was 17 ...boy talk about awkward calling them mom and dad after all this time like "who the f** are you I don't know you " Lol so yeah I'm not sure I picked up anything from them..I'm more like my grandma
I'm slowly turning into my dad. We're both smart in science and mathematics, we both like engineering, and we're both good with technology devices including our phones, pads, laptops, and computers.
it all depends on how there raise and the environment there raised in
I think we all become like our parents but some take more good and some take more bad. all depends on your perception of your parents
I strongly resemble my mother in many ways, but I'm a total opposite in others. kids are the evolved version of us. my daughters are little carbon copies, but they're uniquely themselves at the same time. my older daughter is super smart and so organized it boggles my mind. my youngest is the butterfly with just an amazing sense of humor. yet I can see myself in them, and I can see my mother too....it's sooooo cool. I love being a mom, and I love my mom and the ways I resemble her.
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