Do you believe in fate or destiny? What about free will? Which do you think is the more important factor in people’s success, hard work or luck?

If you’re lucky enough to be born in good health, receive a good education, and survive into adulthood, then you can use your awesome mind to help you plot your journey through life. Unfortunately, we don’t have any control over the greatest event in our lives—birth.

Life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you react to it. — Charles R. Swindoll

Your birth plays an enormous role in just about everything you do later in life. Yes, some people can be born poor and beat the odds in becoming super rich and powerful. However, the great majority of people are more or less stuck in the same rut for life.

Consider the five traits below.

Gender Male Female (Other?)  
Race White Black Asian Other
Economic Class Rich Middle Class Poor  
Nationality ?      
Health Good Average Poor  

In most societies, men have traditionally had more power than women. Even today, there are very few women serving in the U.S. Congress, and no woman has ever been (s)elected pResident of the U.S.

White people of European descent have effectively ruled the world for some 500 years. In most countries, white people are wealthier on average than other citizens. In many countries, black people of African origin are at or near the bottom of the ladder. In the U.S., black people didn’t even get the right to vote until the 1960s!

If you’re born into a wealthy family, there’s a good chance you’ll never be poor. You parents can afford to give you quality health care and education, and they may have social or political connections that can help you find a rewarding career. When you parents pass away, you will likely inherit a lot of money.

If, on the other hand, you’re born poor, good luck. You will probably have a harder time obtaining quality health care and education. You may even have a hard time getting enough to eat. Your parents probably don’t have influential connections, and you probably won’t inherit much when they pass away.

Nationality is a tricky one. Is it better to live in a country controlled by the U.S. or a country the U.S. government hates?

Countries the U.S. regards as enemies are commonly punished through war, economic sanctions, and or political dirty tricks. If you were born in Cuba, Iran, or Libya, you know what I’m talking about. On the other hand, countries controlled by the U.S. are typically shamelessly exploited. If you live in Latin America or Africa, you can probably blame the poverty and corruption that surrounds you on the U.S., particularly on the “international bankers” based in New York City.

“They talk about the failure of socialism but where is the success of capitalism in Africa, Asia and Latin America?”—Fidel Castro

Even America’s allies are often thrown under the bus. The United States’ proxy war in Ukraine has devastated European economies, and the U.S. seems intent on wrecking the economy in Japan and South Korea as well. With friends like these, who needs enemies?

Ironically, being born in the U.S. may not be much better. On the positive side, you don’t have to worry about the U.S. Air Force dropping bombs on you. However, most U.S. citizens are exploited by the same rich and powerful people who exploit other countries. In fact, the U.S. increasingly looks like a “third world country.”

However, you can breathe a sigh of relief if you were born into a wealthy white family, especially if you were born a male to boot. However, life could still throw you a curve ball in the form of health problems. If you’re born sickly or with some debilitating disease, you may find life a struggle.

Some traits that we’re born with don’t express themselves until later in life. Your height and general appearance are very important traits. People who are relatively tall generally get more respect, as do people who are considered attractive. Merely talking about it can be a little uncomfortable and embarrassing, but it’s true.

Height Tall Medium Short  
Sexuality Heterosexual Homosexual (Other?)  

People who are not heterosexual have an enormous cross to bear. In some countries, merely being homosexual is illegal.

People who are born with the wrong combination of traits may find life a struggle from cradle to grave. Simply describing such a person would sound horribly bigoted. However, imagine if you could somehow plan your birth. Would you just roll the dice, or would you choose to be born a healthy, wealthy white male destined to mature into a tall, handsome heterosexual with a last name that commands respect, like Kennedy?

If you think none of this has anything to do with politix, take a closer look. People have been killed for having the wrong skin color, nationality, religion, or sexual persuasion. If you were born a woman hundreds of years ago, you probably wouldn’t have been legally eligible to vote. You might not have even been allowed to choose your husband!

You are a very complex creature. Like it or note, you’re also a very political creature. So far, we’ve just scratched the surface. Still, there’s lots to think about before moving on to the next page.