Think carefully about the issue presented in the following excerpt and assignment below:
Some people claim that each individual is solely responsible for what happens to him or her. But the claim that we ought to take absolute responsibility for the kinds of people we are and the kinds of lives we lead suggests that we have complete control over our lives. We do not. The circumstances of our lives can make it more or less impossible to make certain kinds of choices.
Adapted from Gordon D. Marino, “I think You Should Be Responsible; Me, I’m not so Sure”
Are we free to make our own decisions or are we limited in the choices we can make?
Plan and write an essay in which you develop your point of view on this issue. Support your position with reasoning and examples taken from your reading, studies, experience, or observation.
2. 审题关键词：free, limited
自由决定：As free individuals, we take full control of our own lives.
选择受限：But our life choices are influenced by such factors like family, friends, or opportunities.
补充：Nobody is completely free to make his choices. Yet we shall not be manipulated by other people.