The concept that we as individuals somehow control our own fate is a powerful one in our misguided and rather unenlightened society. However what reality says is that our individual choices and, thus our own fate are constrained by the circumstances that we are faced with. Those born in the inner city certainly do not have the advantages that the one who has been born with a silver spoon in one’s mouth give that person. The thought that ‘you can do whatever you set your mind to’ is blatantly false and people who sell that kind of snake oil are nothing more than hucksters and at the very least ignorant of the truth. All the power of positive thinking falls woefully short against the power of karma and circumstance. This does not make one negative but a realist.