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Are you lucky?

There are times in my life when I feel that I am a very lucky person but, most of the time, my luck is bad.

Having the opening statement out of the way, there are people living on the fringes of insanity who claim to believe that you make your own luck. Let me say now that there is no way on this Earth that I have created my bad luck (who would do that?) but how is it possible to counteract the beliefs of so many people?

The very first thing that must be accepted is that the people who believe that you create your own luck also believe that you live in absolute isolation from your fellow man. Even living alone, as I do, it is necessary for me to acknowledge that although there are things I may decide to do, there are people in my circle who might have conflicting things that they have decided to do so that a measure of compromise is necessary.

If there is such a thing as “luck”, it can only be defined as the benefit of a circumstance occuring at a time when your isolation and disconnection to the rest of humanity is total. Whether such a generic term as “luck” is sufficient to carry a conviction as well as the definition could be mooted.

In reality there is no such thing as luck as most people understand the word. The idea that there are packets of good and bad luck floating around us is as ludicrous as the idea the the tooth fairy will give you a silver coin for a tooth placed under your pillow. What we are subject to is no more and no less than the circumstances resulting from the collective acctivities of all those people whose activities and decisions impact upon our own.

Maybe a lucky person is simply surrounded by people who are fed up of his constant bewailing of the fact that he is unlucky. Maybe, for them, it is worth the price to simply bend with the breeze until they can up sticks and walk away.

 

 

2 comments to Are you lucky?

  • Alberto

    I am going to transcribe what I have just read in chapter entitled ‘Men with self-confidence come and see and conquer’ of the ‘The Philosophy Book’. According to the Zionist thinker Asher Ginzberg, in any difficult or dangerous situation the wise are those who hold back, weighting up the advantages and disadvantages of any action. Meanwhile it is the self-confident who forge ahead, and often win the day. Asher wants to suggest -and when reading him we should remember that this is a suggestion that is meant half-seriously and half-satirically- that individual folly can often yield a result, simply because of the self-confidence that goes along with it.

  • oldcoot

    The problem with relying upon the works of known philosophers is that you must remember that they are simply “thinkers”. Every single person who thinks is, by definition, a philosopher. Famous philosophers have simply discovered a way to fool the general populatio into believing that their thoughts are somehow superior.
    In reality, “luck” can simply be described as
    a) the attribute by which any action has the desired result, regardless of the circumstances in which it was taken or
    b) the favourable results of random events and actions which were not necessarily designed to create them or
    c) the proof that Murphy’s Law acts in both directions and must be accepted as “if anything good can happen, it will”.

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