Our parents bet that they will have normal children who will be happy.
They bet that they make good decisions for us (school, sports, friends, entourage).
That we will turn out good.
We bet on every decision (conscious or not) we make. And we are not aware we are betting.
We depend on many randoms factors everyday in our daily life.
And by random I mean coincidences that we cannot predict because we lack information about them.
Imagine you knew that in your neighborhood, a husband got into an argument with his wife. Now he is pissed off and he takes the car to go to his job. At 9:35 AM, he will cross a red light, too busy arguing with his wife in his mind again. You wouldn’t cross the crosswalk at this time.
And yet we do, we live, we take risks without evaluating everything because it is just impossible to know everything.
We could certainly be afraid of everything and just stay at home everyday but even that is a risk. Your physical health would be degrading, maybe you will run out of money to pay the rent and the food, and humans are social animals: what would your mental health be like by living in isolation.
Life in society requires being in motion.
If you are not in motion, others are and they are changing things anyway.
Now if you live on a deserted island and you are alone.
You would need to be in motion to find food and shelter. Maybe there could be animals on this island. You would need to bet on their behaviors.
On such an island, you would be more dependent on weather changes, you would take decisions betting on that.
Betting becomes a habit. Maybe we can call it “taking risks” instead.
So when at the casino, you’re betting on red at the roulette. You are taking the risk to lose your money, you also take the risk to win the money.
What’s the risk of trying a new activity? Something thousand of people did before.
Of course if the activity requires something you can’t afford ( money, physical activity, mental activity), don’t do it. It could also be against your moral values.
There is a risk that you will enjoy it also.
Betting is the principle of life, because we can put a name on it, because we are self=conscious beings.
Maybe by taking more reasonable bets, risks, we could enjoy the facts that we did take them, no matter the outcome.
Maybe we could enjoy more life.
Maybe betting more is living more?
What do you think?