i, too, must disagree with you. in my life i have experienced too many people who refuse to take responsibility for their own actions, saying "the devil/spirit/my family/the bartender/etc. made me do it." i want to screem!!!!
yes, those of us on this forum have had a bad break, or tweo, or three, or four. so what? what's next? we didn't die from our experiences (yet). Yes, we are truely the strong ones in life's little drama. we have survived.
yes, i have chemical imballances in my brain, chronic debilitating back pain, copd, and and early signs of old age. so what?
it's my belief that it's not what happens to you in this life, it's how you react to it that matters. you determine how you react. sometimes (often) that's the only thing you can control. but you ARE in control.
i've forgotten the author, but this is one of my favorite poems, underscoring my point:
out of the night that covers me
black as the pit from pole to pole
i thank whatever gods may be
for my unquerable soul.
through the fell clutch of circumstance
i have not winced or cried aloud
through the bludgions of chance
my head is bloody but unbowed
it matters not how straight the gate
nor charged with punishments the scroll
i am the master of my fate
i am the captain of my soul.