I always like to start on easy mode. Definitely prefer games with difficulty settings, especially if you can change on the fly once you get the hang of it.
The way I see it, there isn't shame in playing on Easy, but there also isn't pride in playing on Hard. I enjoy gaming, but it isn't reality.
Your timing of the topic is great. I am playing FC5 on the PC, and struggling as well.
Why would there be shame? Who would know unless you told someone.
You frequently get levels of elitism in gaming, and it's mildly hilarious. Unless you're making mega money from it (and even then... Meh), lording your gaming prowess over others is laughable.