It’s ironic how many people believe that gambling is a sin, or immoral, or hazardous to family stability. Considering that the Bible makes mention of gambling in the form of drawing lots – in fact, a game of chance, let alone of skill – I find a number of issues highly unusual, or conveniently forgotten.
Amongst those who are against gambling are Christian and other religious groups. They take it upon themselves to be the sole judge of what is morally right and what is not.
Hello? Does it not occur to you that, besides the drawing of lots to determine a fate, that religion is supposed to promote spirituality and life, and that in most religions one is taught to forgive “sins”? That everyone is considered equal in the eyes of the Lord, or Allah, or Buddha? That leaders of various religions preach and promote tolerance?
And how about those who think that investing in the stock market, or property, or in mutual funds, is different from gambling?
What’s the difference? Gambling is a short-term investment in a game of chance and/or skill with known risks. Day trading is essentially gambling of another sort.
Real estate is another gamble – you buy a property with the intention of reselling it at a profit, or perhaps earning rental income. Trouble is, it’s a large upfront investment which either takes quite some time to return a profit, or else you resell it and make a small profit – perhaps 5-10%. 20% if you’re lucky. And you could still lose money.
Why wait? Bet on a horse or a sports team and you can have a result quickly. Or play blackjack or roulette for a quick 100% profit – or loss.
When you invest in a stock, a mutual fund, or in Togel Hongkong property, do you do research? Of course you do, unless you like to ride by the seat of your pants.
When you gamble at a casino, do you do research on the casino and the game? Same thing applies here.
Do we need government protection from the ability to make an informed decision?
Another group of anti-gambling people consists of those who believe that gambling is harmful to one’s mental health, or perhaps to a family’s well-being.
Show me the numbers. Does anyone believe that as much as 5% of those who gamble are endangering the family, or perhaps driving oneself crazy? Are these numbers anything near epidemic proportions? Is gambling a significant cause of death or injury or harm?
Look at it this way. An auto accident happens every second, but do you see any mention of them in the newspapers? A plane crash is quite rare, yet we hear about EVERY SINGLE plane that ever crashed.
And so it is when we hear of some tragedy where a gambler commits suicide, or causes harm to his family, or something of the sort. Someone’s always got to use this as an excuse to ban gambling.
Enough is enough. We don’t need our governments to tell us whether we can gamble or not. They’ve got better things to do – like ban alcohol sales to anyone perceived to be a danger to others – ban the sales of guns to anyone with a criminal record – lock drunk drivers in jail – chase after criminals who rob, rape, and kill others – capture drug barons and dealers – let’s face it, I can think of dozens of things which are more important than chasing after gamblers or trying to prohibit online gambling.
It’s your money. Don’t let the politicians use gambling as a cheesy excuse to put their names in lights.