People would like to believe they can accomplish everything they want in life. In reality, it is just a positive way of thinking. It would be nice to believe that a person could do anything if he puts his mind to it. This way of thinking is not reality. People are victims of greater forces. The force is not a force of God or magic. The forces are our environment, our Biological instinct and our inherited characteristics.
This philosophy is called naturalism and it is used in O’Neil’s play BEYOND THE HORIZON. The philosophy of naturalism has its merit and affects real people every day. Naturalism affects the way people live and the lives they affect.
One of the major factors of a person’s life is his environment. Person’s surroundings affect how they live, how they think, and how he sees his own life. Sure America is the land of opportunity. But not everyone has the same opportunity as others.
A person living in the Ghetto seems to have less of it than a person living in a rich neighborhood. A young boy could be at the top of his life. He is ready to conquer the world. He is ready to go to west point to study to be the best soldier in the world. When his physical come back they tell him he has a weak heart. He then finds out he got it from his father. It is nice to believe that a five foot hundred and fifty five pound boy could play in the NBA. But his chances are slim to none. Michael Jordan’s son has a better chance than making pro than anyone else. Just like how a rocket scientist son would like to be smarter than everyone else. This way of thinking is very negative but is true. We have very little control of what happen to our lives.