There's a song in the air
"God gives every bird its food, but He does not throw it into its nest."
~ J.G. HollandBe (@Be_Wisdom) April 18, 2013
Human beings are the only creatures on earth that seem preoccupied with where they nest. To illustrate the point, just watch the popular television production HGTV. Here's an entire TV network built upon the principle that humans are highly interested, even obsessed with where they and others live and how they live. Granted: We have an equal fascination with how we travel, where we work, and how we look (most of the time), but the "nesting" issue seems basic.
The notion that our "nest" doesn't matter is disputed when you look at the evidence of children who come from stable (if not affluent) homes and origins versus those who do not. While I am not a sociologist, psychologist, or anthropologist, I can make the case that the nest is fundamental to the propensity and the capacity to succeed in life. Basically, you are where you cam from.
Yes, many a child from impoverished situations has risen well above that start, but far more with pedigree have taken a privileged path and remained on that course throughout their lives.
Josiah Gilbert Holland (July 24, 1819 – October 12, 1881) was an American novelist and poet who also wrote under the pseudonym Timothy Titcomb. He helped to found and edit Scribner's Monthly (afterwards the Century Magazine), in which appeared his novels, Arthur Bonnicastle, The Story of Sevenoaks, Nicholas Minturn. In poetry he wrote "Bitter Sweet" (1858), "Kathrina", the lyrics to the Methodist hymn There's a Song in the Air, and many others.