Every Human Bears Absolute Responsibility for Their Own Life. Or Do They?

Here’s how privileges influence our possibilities.

Eszter Brhlik


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“If you can dream it, you can do it” I remembered the cliché line from Walt Disney when I contemplated how far people can influence their own lives.

In fairy tales always everything turns out just right. The good characters get a happy ending and the villains face their just punishment. While there’s a chance for a happy ending in real life too, the plot is a bit more complex. The journey toward a happy ending in life is riddled with luck, privileges, and uncertainties that don’t always yield positive outcomes.

So can we truly achieve our dreams just by envisioning them? Is it as simple as it sounds, or are there other influential forces at play that we tend to overlook?

It’d be so nice if life was similar to a fairy tale. But let’s take a closer look and examine several perspectives in detail.

Born to be wild. But what if social status and socio-geography have a say?

Social status is a factor worth unpacking as it plays a significant role in shaping an individual’s possibilities.