I am used to thinking that gambling is horrible. Every day I hear stories of people destroying their lives and the well-being of their families because they can’t stop gambling. Everything goes. A woman talks about her from her prison cell: she resorted to bank robbery to pay for her addiction. She is unapologetic. But she couldn’t help herself. She wanted to be arrested. Despair.
I have been thinking about gambling differently in the past. No “pure gambling” (lottery tickets, casinos, online gambling). But play is an essential feature of a healthy and hopeful life that takes us beyond routine.
My partner and I are building a business. Now, that’s a gamble – with our time, our lives. I’m also building this site: Elsa’s Creativity Emporium. Another great gamble with time, energy, and creativity. Columbus sailed to America. His bet: that he would end up in the Far East. He didn’t understand what he was looking for, but the gamble paid off for the Europeans.
Farmers plant seeds. The bet: that the season is good. Designers design The bet: that design finds a market.
People fall in love and decide to try to make a living with that person, one of the biggest bets in life.
On the other hand, many people want a predictable salary. Don’t bet, please. So much and so much an hour. Anything else feels bad, out of control, dangerous. How can anyone live like this? They shudder and recoil.
An observation. Many people don’t want to gamble with work time. They want stable and reliable pay. At the same time, they have a hugely developed urge, even an overwhelming urge, to gamble.
In other words, many of the same people who want a fixed salary spend a large part of their daily earnings on gambling.
“It’s just for fun.” “It’s my right.” “I have every right to do whatever I want with my money. I earned it, after all. It’s mine.” “Everyone has the right to have a good time from time to time. All those hours that I work. I deserve something.”
So while many people are completely incapable of considering working “on a gamble” (building a business, doing creative projects that may never pay off), they play over and over again in ways that are designed to make the vast majority of people to lose.
But most of the world lives “off a bet”, or by combining the bet with the greatest possible certainty. Traditional societies of gatherers and hunters, for example, have the relative reliability of gathering (which contributes around 90% of the food) and they bet on what is obtained through hunting (10% of the average food supply, according to my reading). Even with the reunion part, no year is like any other year. Stable and reliable pay (salary, berries, etc.) is not the norm.
And with that, let’s get back to the game. I’m going to call the type of game I’m used to rejecting the “pure game”; In other words, one is not betting that the weather will cooperate with one’s efforts, one is not trying to make a sale, one is not trying to build a site UFABET or a business, one is not courting and waiting for another to respond to us. “Pure play”: bingo, casinos, lotteries, slot machines, computer games like minesweeper, etc. The goal is to win in a game against us, and victory does not build anything except victory. No book is written, no grain is harvested, nothing is built.
In the daily game, which I will call “the game that is part of life”, the pleasure of winning is part of many other things. It’s part of building a life: betting that our approach to someone will pay off, betting that our design will find a market, betting that moving to another city where there are supposed to be better jobs will lead to a better job.