We should be so blessed

The concept of luck crops up often in public thought. A flyer in the mail notes, "This could be your lucky day." Somebody says, "Good luck!" Someone else commiserates, "He's down on his luck." The skeptic notes, "We should be so lucky!" Why does the word "luck" draw us into such common and unthinking usage?

The concept of luck is rooted in a basic fancy about life itself—that we happen to get born, that we struggle along under the influence of a mix of material substances and laws, and finally that we drop out of life in some fearsome way. You could almost say that luck is the superstition that life in matter is real.

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June 10, 1985

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