It is actually possible to have read the post and commented without any reference at all to the factors identified in it that effect each and every one of our lives.<quoted text>
REGARDLESS of to whom you were born, if you were born in the U.S., once you became old enough to make your own decisions, YOUR FATE was in YOUR hands. Are you SERIOUSLY handing out excuses such as what you posted? Oh, brother. You ARE kidding, right? PLEASE say that you are kidding.
Sadly, when the wheels of fate turn against you or yours, you will come to understand that unless you happen to be a god, fate, luck, and chance plays an important, if not dispositive role in your life.
You can prepare to maximize the possibilities life gives to you, but you cannot control to whom you were born, whether they are rich or poor, whether your IQ is 80 or 120, whether you're born handicapped, whether you have physical or mental disease or injuries, whether your family members become ill or injured, whether you daddy can get you into Princeton as a "legacy", or a job at Goldman Sachs where he keeps his millions, and on and on.
Well, mere mortals can't, maybe Gods can.
Just for fun here's another study debunking the myth of equal opportunity and upward mobility:
The downward path of upward mobility
By Fareed Zakaria,November 09, 2011
The most comprehensive comparative study, done last year by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, found that “upward mobility from the bottom”— Daniels’s definition — was significantly lower in the United States than in most major European countries, including Germany, Sweden, the Netherlands and Denmark. Another study, by the Institute for the Study of Labor in Germany in 2006, uses other metrics and concludes that “the U.S. appears to be exceptional in having less rather than more upward mobility.”