It seems like the answer is, more and more, no. Everyone is a victim of something. Nothing is ever anybody's own fault anymore.
Here's the latest example . . . In 2005, the very popular ABC television program Extreme Makeover: Home Edition demolished an old home and build a sparkling new one (seen above) for the Harper family in Georgia. This new home was given to the Harpers, free of charge. And contributions of about $250,000.00, including scholarships and a home maintenance fund, were raised and given to them as well.
But the Harpers didn't rest in their new house. No, they mortgaged it. They put the gift home up as collateral for a $450,000.00 loan and sank the money into a construction business. The business failed, the Harpers defaulted on the loan, the bank foreclosed, and now the "four-bedroom house with decorative rock walls and a three-car garage" with "a lobby that featured four fireplaces, a solarium, a music room and a plush new office" will be auctioned at the county courthouse next week to pay off the mortgage.
Did the Harper's make a mistake when they mortgaged the family home to start a business? Did that mistake and failing to operate their business profitably lead to this sad result?
Heck, no. It's not their fault. According to the Associated Press story, these folks have "become the latest victim of the foreclosure crisis."
This is a sad story. Sure. And I do feel sorry for the Harpers. But they aren't victims of anything but their own bad judgment.