George Bernard Shaw on circumstance - Comments on a GBS quote in one of his plays.

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Can you blame your life on circumstances?

In a play by George Bernard Shaw one of the characters quoted that people are always blaming their circumstances for what they are. That people would get up and look for the circumstances they want, and, if they can't find them, make them up to have an excuse for their way of living.

To come straight to the point - I disagree with this quote, because there are many people who went straight for their goals, no matter what disability there is. If you're blind, handicapped or deaf for example, there are things that you can't do, but still those people managed to accomplish great things and prove us wrong! Look at Stephen Hawking, Ray Charles or Stevie Wonder, they and many others, were people that believed that just because they're different, doesn't mean that they can't achieve things. I even think we need "crippled" people on earth because they focus on other things in life and have a total different approach.

If Stephan Hawking hadn't had this sickness I don't think he would have had such a great impact on society.

In the times of segregation, things could very well be blamed on their circumstances. But once again Rosa Parks, or Dr. Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. proved us different. You can blame many things on the situation, like when women weren't allowed to have an education, a job and the right to vote and were treated with no respect. But that didn't stop Lucrecia Mott and Elizabeth Cady Stanton.

But there's always a flipside of the coin. There was a boy called Legson Kayira, who grew up in a tribal village in Nyasaland, north across the wilderness of East Africa to Cairo, where he would board a ship to the US to get a college education. The only problem, the walk was over 3000 miles. With limited food and water, a journey through African tribes, whose language he didn't speak the outcome was unsure. Worse yet, being from a poor region, he had no shoes, but still walked there all the way. This proves: " if there's a will, there's a way". A future, with an impecunious you, is not inevitable.

Another remarkable person, who makes me disagree Bernard's quote, was a right-handed surgeon, who lost his right arm in an accident. But instead of quitting his career, he started practicing just using his left hand for everyday things, like buttoning his shirt or writing. After a year he rebuilt his career.

Sometimes it's easier to blame it on circumstances; School kids blame their bad grades on teachers, or their swearing on older kids. I personally find this ridiculous and immature. But what I think is just awful, are people whose life is in a rut, just saying how God, or a different religious character is punishing them. If I would have to rewrite the quote I would say, "Blaming on your circumstances is easy, but does that change anything?"