@JD The Confused,
Are you familiar with the Bell Curve?
I don't see it as little hope - I see it as a great hope. We are all capable of reshaping much of who we are. We are all capable of growing. We are all capable of learning. We are all capable of excellence. In normal circumstances, we are all capable of being millionaires. (Well alright, some are intellectually impaired and actually incapable, but this refers to the vast majority - 'normal' functioning people).
This is part of understanding that we are all responsible for who we are, and where we are. Whether we were born rich or poor, we can rise, or fall, depending on us, and who we are, is ours to shape.
People fall into religion for many reasons, but one is they feel they are incapable of changing themselves for the better - which is completely wrong...but changing yourself is difficult, and religion offers an 'easy' solution.