So. I've been doing a lot of thinking after I just had a discussion with one of my friends on facebook. Let's say his name is Jack, k? Jack is a very positive, self motivated dude that posts self motivating and positive statuses all the time. Normally, I don't mind. One of them sort of struck the wrong cord with me though. It went something like this,
"To achieve success in life, it all falls on you, how badly you want it, and stopping at nothing to achieve it."
The reason why it sort of struck a nerve is because I feel like it implies that anyone who is not successful in life just didn't try hard enough, weren't ambitious enough, or didn't grab life by the nuts. So, I asked him, is everyone that's poor working under class just not ambitious then? He honestly answered me and said there's never an excuse why a person can't achieve their dreams, and it always boils down to the choices you make. Is it just me...or does that seem kinda classist almost? Granted I know some people make stupid choices and are where they are in life because of them. Yet, to assume that everyone that's given up on their dreams of success is because of their choices, and not life circumstances? That seems so judgemental. To assume that success is always the choice of the individual is to level off judgement on large swathes of people. It doesn't seem fair, because you never know what someone has gone through, you don't know what kind of life they've had, or what kind of predicament they're in.
So, I guess my question is, is there always, no excuses, a way out of poverty? A way to achieve success? Or do some people really have the short end of the stick and they're basically screwed? I think that most times there's a way out and a way to accomplish your dreams, but it seems classist, judgemental, and unfair to say there is always a way and if you can't or don't find it, then that's on you.