I see them often as the bad behaviors we possess which we then pass on to our children, children’s children, etc. It takes generations for people to be far removed enough from the original behavior to change. Or, more often, it takes somebody with extreme faith, determination, & faith to try and break old patterns of behavior.
I agree. I know at least in the context of abusive relationships, these behaviors get passed on from generation to generation. The children who have witnessed abuse or have been abused grow up to be victims of their spouses’ abuse or to be abusive themselves. This is especially likely if the child does not see the abuse as wrong and thinks he deserves it. I have seen this cycle of abuse continue for many generations. I don’t think that dooms people, though, because with extreme faith, determination, and help from God and others, it is possible to break the cycle, even though it is difficult.
Sorry if this wasn’t what you meant by “generational curse”, but this is something I’ve thought about quite a bit.