I believe free will gives us many choices. We can blame “luck” or “fate” or “the will of God” for
a lot of our troubles, but when we plan and take appropriate actions then life works out better.
We are still influenced by our past and the current environment, but the Creator has created
humans a little lower than the angels and that is a high position. But our culture and Christian
fundamentalism want to drag us down into thinking about our sins and how low we are today.
New Age wants to forget about our sins and say they are only mistakes. These two positions are extreme and should be avoided.
It is sometimes amazing when a person does solid research, makes appropriate plans, and then takes actions based on the research and plans. Bad situations get tolerable and often a very difficult problem is solved in less than a year. Were you expecting instant solutions with little effort?