Are We Destined To Become Our Parents?

How values transfer between generations — for better or worse.

Sean Kernan
ILLUMINATION-Curated
6 min readMay 18, 2024

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My childhood was unique in that my father was away for roughly 50% of it, deployed to myriad wars in Europe and the Middle East. I was often asked if it was difficult, but I never felt like it was. Not because I didn’t miss dad, but because it was all I ever knew.

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Sean Kernan
ILLUMINATION-Curated

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