James, If you would give straight answers to straight questions you wouldn't have that problem. The following is in post #35 it was the second time I had asked that exact same question. The question had two possible answers...agree or dissagree. James, my brother. James, do you agree or dissagree that if a person ebrace and make wise decisions concerning the six issues/points I have presented that person would be able to provide for their own life essentials? If not, please explain why not. Is it a challenge for you to answer a direct question with a direct answer???? THE FIRST TIME I ASKED THE QUESTION I GOT THIS: you are saying that a person has total control over their life. how they do depends on what they do. that is illogical. no man is an island, no one lives in a vacuum. how you do depends on what happens to you as well as what you do. there are external forces beyond your control. ask the people of haiti or NOLA. if i were a white man i would have made four times the money that i was able to make. THE SECOND TIME I ASKED, I GOT THIS: clearly, you feel black people are to blame for our own condition. Speaking of MAKING STUFF UP, I NEVER SAID Black people are to blame for our own condition...YOU MADE THAT UP! YOU DODGED THE QUESTION and threw up the strawman arguement about what I supposedly clearly felt. You have the nerve to claim it is hard to talk to me when it's like pulling teeth to get you to answer a simple straight forward question. The man who refuse to answer straight forward questions is the one who acts as though he is in a dream world and as if his world will come to an end if he were to confront the truth. My standard of "independence" is not that high. You are independent. You pay your own bills, you pay for your own life essentials.