In Tim Adams article in the Observer entitled “The Best Chance You’ll Get” (Saturday January 6 2007) Tim talks the animal and human nature to gamble. It was both an interesting and depressing article all in one. It was interesting when he was talking about the research done on rats where they found that an element of chance introduces onto the rats lives. Then they change their normal behavior to try to hit it big one last time. Las Vegas is a city built on that same idea. Look at Las Vegas’s own slogan of “What Happens In Vegas Stays in Vegas” and people travel to Vegas every day and do things that are not a normal part of their life.
The part of the article that I found depressing is when he was talking about the rise of gambling in cities all over the world and online. The first comment he made that got me was as follows “Why has this revolution come about? In the first place, the government is encouraging it.” He was talking about the government in England here, but I see much the same thing happening here in the US as well. Wow, think about that statement for a minute. The government is encouraging it. To me, it is not different than the credit crisis the USA has been and still is facing today. Government made it to easy to get credit, because it worked for them but turns out was not good for the people. Tim went on further to say “I had cracked the mystery of Labour’s economic policy: create as many students as possible, encourage them to live in blighted city centres, surround them with cheap drink and all-night licensing hours, allow them heavy debt, and let the consequently rampant ‘leisure industry’, in league with property developers, rebuild your cities.” This statement scares me because it sounds too much like the truth.
For me, myself and I, I tend to not take blind risk and really think out things before I take the plunge. Being married with kids has made me more critical in my thinking about risk, but I also find that I am looking for the pay offs of calculated risk to take care of my family. In life I have had some risks pay off and some burn me. Being an older college student with a family to support was a risk that I put a lot of thought into and the benefits of taking the risk won out and I feel the risk has been worth it so far. New opportunities have come up for me and are looking to be paying off and that’s on top of the education I am getting.
All in all, I will always be willing to take some risks that I have carefully considered, but am still disgusted by the blind risks that government and the world put out there for those poor souls that are unprepared and to trusting of things that look to good to be true.