Friday, March 30, 2012

Playing the Lottery

... is like going to the beach, picking up a grain of sand, and hoping that your grain of sand is the one that gets picked.

One of my dad's mentors told him that. You were a wise, wise man, Chat.

I played the lottery tonight. Along with millions of other people. The jackpot was $640 million, which is a mind-blowing, outrageous, unthinkably obnoxious amount of money. $640 million doesn't just change your life. It changes the course of your entire bloodline. Every single branch on your family tree is affected for generations to come. And from what? Hard work? Blood, sweat, tears, effort, and the will to get ahead? Nope... You picked a grain of sand and got lucky.

If it seems too good to be true, it probably is. Another wise man (or woman) said that. I don't know who, but they knew what they were talking about. Just take a look at this article from the Huffington Post. Suffering "social ostracization, destitution, suicide and other tragic outcomes..."? I'll stick to working for a paycheck...

Of course, I didn't win, so maybe this is all just sour grapes...

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