How much of ourselves are we and how much of what comes from elsewhere? It's a strange question, isn't it? You'll find out soon why am I asking. Because all your organs are just warehouses. They store what came from somewhere else.
All your cells are storehouses that remember back to millions of years, bringing the images and characters of the past that manifests in a special combination within you. Your cells are virtually genetic museums, stores of the past. But every station of your digestive system is also a warehouse.
The food is stored, decomposed and utilized there. Using a little sarcasm, you consist of the bread and butter, scrambled eggs in a particular day that you put into your body from outside. This is the situation from a physiological point of view. But situation doesn’t differ in regard of the brain, too. Your brain is the repository of your knowledge. It can only work from the information-base that you have already entered. There are lots of limits here. The amount of information available at a given place and age, your intelligence that selects and decides what to incorporate, what to use, which information to couple with others, filter out, and so on. And the question of capacity also arises: how much can you accommodate?
Are you amazed, aren't you? At the first sentence you thought you are the one who dominates, at the last it turned out that you practically disappeared. You are a warehouse that displays some combination of genetic, chemical, biological and conscious building blocks.
Your role is to manipulate, organize and show the building blocks to the outside world. Of course, you do not have access to all building blocks. The consciousness is the easiest to reach - in case one has it - and you can manipulate it.
I may have been able to demonstrate how much is not you who are sitting and reading here. Of course, I wouldn't degrade you to a piece of bread and butter because that wouldn't be true. You're just a storekeeper who is responsible for how much you give out from what's inside you! And this is you! The person who passes on the accumulated building blocks. There's one more thing you can do: upgrade the building you've inherited or built it up from information. You can expand its boundaries, adapt it to age, place and pass it on. If you do just that, you will do more above the average.
If you think over all the elements of your warehouse, you will discover that you are the owner of a sensitive system that can fail at thousands of locations. Disease can either attack your genetic, physiological repositories, or your consciousness simply is unable to absorb new information. You may have grown old, manipulated by the environment, the media, or you may simply not be adapting, living in the bondage of frozen thoughts. May be that one-day Allah sends you an adversity finally to notice yourself! You should give thanks for things work properly or at least within the margin! Can you see how complicated you are? It is enough if just a small mistake appears somewhere and from then your whole life turns into a flood of complaints. And if the system works, you forget everything and don't give thanks to the One, Who created this all inside you. That's all you have to do: Hamdulillah! Thanks for God!
When distress seizes you at sea, those that ye call upon - besides Himself - leave you in the lurch! but when He brings you back safe to land, ye turn away (from Him). Most ungrateful is man! (Quran 17:67)
Man is safe neither on land nor at sea except by the grace and mercy of Allah. How forcibly this is brought home to us by Indian Ocean earthquake and tsunami in 2004, when tens of thousands of men, women, and children, perished in a few moments! The stories of violent destructive tornadoes in such areas as the southern United States are equally impressive. The destruction is so sudden that the victims have no time to arrange anything. They are simply wiped out.
Do ye then feel secure that He will not cause you to be swallowed up beneath the earth when ye are on land, or that He will not send against you a violent tornado (with showers of stones) so that ye shall find no one to carry out your affairs for you? (Quran 17:68)
Or do ye feel secure that He will not send you back a second time to sea and send against you a heavy gale to drown you because of your ingratitude, so that ye find no helper. Therein against Us? (Quran 17:69)
If a man flees from the Wrath of Allah, there is no place secure for him. He may flee from sea to land, and back again from land to sea. But his life depends on the Disposer of all affairs.
You have one more thing to do. Don't get frozen! Do not be terrified if you do not understand the younger generation, for it is possible that the error is within you! Your role comes here! It is also a nice achievement simply to transfer your stock, but keep in mind the message of the past. If your cells, the program encoded in you, would have passed everything unchanged, you would have remained an amoeba and you wouldn't have gone any further. Make your warehouse more spacious, implement a modern inventory system, modernize it. This way you have to pass it on. This is your task with the message, too! If you do so, at this point you finally put your share in the process and your life gets a meaning. Hamdulillah!