I'm troubled at this trend as a society to blame inequities for our lapses in judgement. "But, I'm an alcoholic." or "What do you expect, I'm on welfare." or "I'm [fill in racial minority]...how can I possibly overcome?" We all go through tough times. But I reject those of us who would hide behind a false crutch; requesting a "pass" on unacceptable behavior.
Did Lance Armstrong ask for pity when stricken with life-threatening cancer? No. He proceeded to attack the disease and use it to propell him to unprecidented cycling success. Did Oprah Winfrey give up because she was born into near-poverty? Did she use her minority status to give up? No. She used this situation to build herself into one of the wealthiest and most successful women in business and entertainment today.
If you make a mistake, own up to it. Take responsibility and make it right. If your life takes a rough tumble, use it as a platform to succeed. But don't hide behind a false crutch and don't use it as an excuse to stow your morals in the trunk of the car.