I hasten to add that I do not include those situations in which one is forced to do something against their own free will, such as James Meeker alleged of me when he responded to my posting the above meme on my Facebook Wall. This is what James Meeker wrote in response to my FB posting of the meme:
"Okay, why don't you choose to be a billionaire? Prove me wrong and do it.If by chance you have an account with Facebook, you may see the entire Facebook exchange on the subject by clicking over here.
Furthermore, if it's only about choice, why did so many blacks choose to be slaves in the 18th century? What a terrible choice that was! They must have been stupid, right?!
And all those Jews that chose to march into the extermination camps. What a dumb choice!
Sorry, but I don't buy into this FOX News, neoliberal, Republican sounding crap."
While I realize that social conditions may be an impediment to improving one's situation in life, I am also a firm believer that people may make life decisions that may be a catalyst to improve their situation in life. What about the willingness to deprive oneself of luxuries in order to obtain and maintain the necessities? What about setting goals? And, how about taking whatever hard work may be neccesary in order to reach those goals? Do the words initiative and motivation mean anything? People need to take responsibility for their own life choices and quit blaming others for their own personal shortcomings.