Henry David Thoreau once said: “I know of no more encouraging fact than the unquestionable ability of man to elevate his life by conscious endeavor,” and I would certainly agree with Thoreau about the inherent capacity of man to project himself to the future and to imagine what he wants to achieve and realize in the future. Humanity had been for a long time only an observant creature confined to the lithosphere of earth. But now, through conscious endeavor, humans were able to set foot on the moon. Likewise, nowadays we are able to send spacecraft to the farthest corners of the solar system. Yet, human beings still have some basic needs and some of our fellow human beings are still lacking these basic needs, and we can’t help but ask: “Are some of our fellow human beings really incapable of having these basic needs such as food, clothing, and shelter?”
Abraham Maslow, the famous psychologist, once said that before one can rise to a higher level of existence, there are basic needs that have to be achieved and satisfied. Yet, right now, despite the fact that humanity has been able to travel to the farthest corners of the solar system, there are still millions of people who are bereft of these basic needs. In fact, there are still many people who don’t even own a home. However, bearing in mind what Thoreau had said, everyone has the capacity to raise the standard of one’s life through conscious endeavor. It is a sad thing that there are still people who lack shelters as manifested by the mushrooming number of shanties in the suburban areas of most cities of the world. We are left asking, therefore, if these people have typically developed a “learned helplessness,” Martin Seligman, a US psychologist, posited that people who are inured to suffering, defeats, pains, and frustrations since their childhood may develop “learned helplessness.” Based on Seligman’s experiments and findings, we may come to conclude that people who haven’t achieved their basic needs may have been under the spell of “learned helplessness.” Yet, I am still inclined to believe that people have that capacity to elevate themselves from homelessness by conscious endeavor. All they need to do is a little tweaking of their consciousness to increase their willpower.
The world is often brutal to those who are weak of will. Say, for instance, a homeless person will surely find it hard to own a house because of the staggering high prices of real estates. Yet, if a person can muster enough willpower, he could eventually buy a house which he can really call his own. There are thousands of rags-to-riches examples in the history of mankind, and it would do a person well to learn from the lives of these people who managed to rise from the dung heap and achieve better lives. If your salary, for example, is not enough to buy a home at present, you can avail of the service of a professional Mortgage broker to help you find a lender who could help you finance your own home. Hence, it is safe to say that it is not the situations that make a person successful; it is rather the willpower of a person that drives a person towards the fulfillment of his/her dreams.