Freedom from chance

Many people feel, intuitively, that gambling is wrong. But what about other forms of luck and chance in our lives? Are we alert to the false assumptions behind them as well?

When I was paying for items in a store recently, the cashier offered me a coupon that she said might win me some valuable prizes. I politely refused the coupon and told the cashier that if I thought good luck could help me, I also might believe bad luck could harm me.

As we all know, luck can fluctuate from one extreme to the other, apparently helpful in one instance, damaging at another. So—in everyone's best interests—we should never think of leaving anything to chance.

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