I don’t believe in luck. There, I said it…
My thought is that people think people can be lucky or unlucky as if there is some guiding hand determining the fate of a particular event. And if the odds of the person getting hurt and killed are high, and they come out better than expected, then people claim some miracle has occurred.
My take on luck is that if we can see 2 outcomes clearly coming from an event, we determine how fortunate or unfortunate that person was, and attribute it to luck. Say someone is in a field playing on a cloudy day. They get hit by lightening. Ouch!
Now say they live and are uninjured, were they lucky to be uninjured, or unlucky to have been hit by lightening? See, depending on whether they live, die, get burnt, or come out unscathed, everyone will have an opinion on that person’s luck. I say the person got hit by lightening, and was either injured or uninjured. I don’t need to attribute anything to luck.
One psychologist has been studying behaviour and feels that there is a distinct difference between lucky and unlucky people.
Do you think there is such thing as luck?
- Why do we believe in luck? (bbc.co.uk)
- Feelin’ Lucky? Is it more than just a feeling? (via LabSpaces) (fabioticconi.wordpress.com)
- Do You Feel Lucky? Then You Might Be Courting Disaster (bjconquest.com)