“All are inclined to believe what they covet, from a lottery ticket up to a passport to paradise.” (Lord Byron)
We do in fact all play the lottery in one way or another, through how we live, participate and exist in this world. Where ever we are born determines whether we’ll have an estimated life span or 30 years or 80 years, whether we will grow up eating dirt to fill our bellies or eat strawberry cheesecake till we burst. If we’re born with light skin or symmetric facial features our chances to succeed are that much greater.
For most people the lottery is seen as a fun and not so serious form of entertainment. Some buy lottery tickets or other forms of ‘games of chance’ odds games regularly every week, while others do it occasionally and some don’t do it at all. Studies have shown that poor people are much more likely to play the lottery than those with a higher income.
If we put $50 on one lottery, the odds of winning are 3,838,380 ÷ 50 = 76767.6 to one.
The secret of the lottery or why we’re so willing to play even though the odds are basically non-existing is the idea of and belief in the concept of winning. Because of the ‘chance to win’, we accept the risk of losing, even if this risk is more like a certainty. We’re willing to lose in order to win.
It is not only within the lottery that this ‘game of chance’ is played, but actually and in fact in all areas of living, as a rule of life that everyone agrees to participate within, tacitly and indirectly or directly:
“Because I have the chance to win, I accept losing”
We live this in every aspect of our lives, from relationships to health issues to national economies. It is used to justify the abuse and exploitation of countries and people with poorer odds than ours, because as they’re existing on this earth as well, they too are playing this game and have thus accepted to lose to have the chance to win.
This principle is the foundation of capitalism and all capitalist justifications from the trickle down effect to Wall Street speculation and interest rates.
It is all based on the same principle of acceptance: To win, we must accept to lose. What is then promulgated is that idea that everyone does in fact have an equal chance to win – whatever the prize may be; the lottery, happiness, a life without suffering or eternal life.
So we’ve got two point that are required to be in place for this game to work:
- That we all agree and believe that everyone has an equal chance to succeed and win.
- That we are willing to lose or accept loss to exist so that we can win
When we cannot understand how millions are allowed to starve, this is the explanation, simplistically, that it is acceptable for others to lose so that we can win, because they essentially have an equal chance to win and if they don’t it is their loss, their own fault and certainly not our responsibility.
The principle of winning and losing as a integral system within which we exist does not only exist at a physical level in the very ways we live together, but unquestionably also within and as our relationships and even in our own mental experiences.
We believe and accept that if we are not constantly winning according to whatever we perceive winning to be, collectively or individually, we must be losing. As living slots machines, we will measure odds and chances by comparing points and people with each other and constantly align ourselves accordingly. We will dismiss someone because they do not add to our perceived maximum score – basically we will do anything to win. This is how people make money on other people.
If we dared to be willing to give up the delusion of the ‘chance to win’ as the principle of the lottery as life, we would start realizing that winning is not even possible and that within submitting ourselves to the thrill and addiction of winning, we’re allowing so much abuse, suffering and war to exist. We would dare to realize that it is not worth it and we could finally start living in a way that is not determined by a deceptive notion of an ‘equal chance’, while in fact everything is pre-determined, fixed and conditioned so that it is the same people that win and the same that lose and even more so, that everyone actually always loses.
We all know that the game of chance is fixed so that the house always wins and still we keep playing – this oughta raise some questions in even the most hard core player.
What happens when we dare giving up the concept of winning all together?
Let’s find out: The Equal Money Movement stands for a life lived dignified for all