ROLLING THE POLITICAL DICE

One of the Quaker objections to gambling or gaming is that it instills an expectation of getting “something for nothing.” We haven’t earned the money.

And it’s not charity.

In addition, the pot might come at the expense of those less fortunate than ourselves. (That, in practice, seems to be the case with the state lotteries now found across the United States, supposedly for the support of education.)

Listen closely to the campaign rhetoric for the “something for nothing” appeals. They come from both sides of the political divide. Then ask who’s really paying – the rich or the poor, especially. Who can most afford it? And who will most benefit? And where does justice fit in the mix?

5 thoughts on “ROLLING THE POLITICAL DICE

  1. “One of the Quaker objections to gambling or gaming is that it instills an expectation of getting “something for nothing.” We haven’t earned the money.”

    My experience was the opposite! An expectation of giving something and getting nothing. My earned money kept disappearing! 🙂

    1. That, too! Or as one of my colleagues used to say, the lottery’s a tax on ignorance.
      Another used to quote the odds on winning, and then broke them down into smaller numbers. Even at 500-to-1, nobody wanted to take him up on a theoretical bet.
      Another way of looking at it is the fact you’re more likely to be struck by lightning than to win Megabucks … and how many lightning-strike victims do you know?

  2. So true. I occasionally pop a buck on a scratch-off card. If I get the dollar back…or even hit it big and get $2.00 back…I almost always keep the cash. Gambling is big business.

  3. So true. Watching the scratch off machine in our lobby on pay day is like a social experiment. Watching everyone working hard for their money and then throwing it into a machine for a two second thrill. It’s quiet disturbing.

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