Gambling as the meaning of living
What is the purpose of living? What should a man live for? To create a new generation? It is not relevant, given the current overcrowding. Some devote their life to science and medicine, while others to military craft. You have what to choose from religion, music, family and so on. Want to live by the concepts of the Criminal Code? Wasting half a life in camps is easy. All the people are entirely different, and they want to live their life differently. Let them do so. That is how I see it. What if the game chooses us? We are not going to talk about the poor people who have a gambling problem we would instead speak about those who see gambling as the meaning of living.
Leave apart the PC gamers and other small addicted people. The Poker players are out as well. They play hundreds of thousands of hands a month and earn just some pennies. They are instead of robots than humans; they cannot feel the emotions. In other words, what they do is bullshit, but they still think it is a game strategy. You have probably heard of Stu Ungar. Find his biography, and then watch the movie The Player. Pay attention to his friend, a grey-haired old man. There are two players, but they are very different! That is what we are going to talk about.
Any man in his 30s has a midlife crisis and the lesser you have at that moment, the stronger the apathy. That is the moment you start realising how much time and opportunities were wasted. Regardless of your actual life status, you will face this problem sooner or later. And what about the player? He should be shocked when he will clearly understand that ten years of the work were wasted by giving away the hard-earned money and getting nothing. The face is palm, right? In this scenario, you understand that this should end now. You either stop it or continue doing the bullshit time by time; this would not work.
The neighbour keeps caring about your marital status. You see him laughing, but genuinely he knows who got the freedom. You destroy yourself by just seeing how things go. And you marry the credit line with all her credits. You are another slave who works for the government. You only earn, spend and get rid of loans. I am done with it. I want freedom. I would not try guessing the outcome, but the possible one has no happy ending. And you will find the homeless people entirely free. You may learn from them the meaning of life, even if no one cares about it. Who are you to judge what is right and what is terrible?! Everyone takes what deserves, and that is all, you have no right to judge anyone. I have been playing for more than ten years and writing about this would be rather a topic for a more experienced man. However, you get what you get there is no time to wait. Let me be that newcomer in my 30s who is quite confused.
Gamblers for life
The primary purpose of such players is to get enough money to spend the rest of their life as they want. I managed to get those unbelievable amounts. Want to know how I spent them? I just lived the way I wanted to drink, clubbing, and getting the breakfast in bed, getting a whore and so on. Even the poker client was next to me, what could be better? My meals were taken in restaurants; anyone would love to have the tips I left there. No more walking! Call a taxi even to buy a pack of cigarettes. Yeah, you are the boss of your life. Wasting money is a kind of art as well, especially when you spend the amounts you got from nothing. You should be afraid of such a life.
I Am the Boss
Then I managed to win $70 000. I do not remember that feeling of getting such a win, but I distinctly remember that the game did not stop there, and I even had no time to buy a thing. However, I learned a lot about friendship. We live in a world full of parasites, and it was so from the very beginning, you probably know the Jewish commandment — lie to your close people. Everybody lives by the concept of interest, let it be at a marriage event or just your close friends, people are there, there is interest.
Some are interested more, others — less. If you share something, you are a good man. If you live for yourself, you are an egoist. You start realising it just before you are ready to die. Your wife is quite mercantile, and your friends are prepared to do anything just for money and so on. The game is seen as a catalyst; it speeds up your experience. Look back. When there is plenty of money — you got the friends, you are happy to share; your generosity knows no bounds. When you have no money, the friends nearby either. Damn, and who is ready to help? Willing to help strangers who do not even know who you are. It is a paradox.
How to spend the easy money
So, here comes the story of the deposited $70 000. For many of you, it is so much that you have to work half a life to get it, even for me it was two years of work. How would you spend this amount? Probably you want to buy a beautiful apartment, car and jewellery. So good luck, earn and spend! I'm done with those of you who pretend to be smarter; you better take care of your money. For a player the money has no value, all you got are numbers which are multiplied or lost. Just numbers, no cost. I lost everything quite fast; it took me a week. I paid my debts and back to the casino. Some of you, who are more experienced, would have delayed that loss by three months or by a maximum of half a year. Choosing a game as the meaning of life is stupid enough. You have to be organised and ready for anything, you better have a bank account configured to limit the money you may take in a timeframe.
The game is a way, a kind of Zen. It is not a hobby, nor a way of making money. Stay away from it if you have a family. A seasoned player will eventually become a philosopher; otherwise, he has no chance to survive. Today you get thousands, tomorrow you have nothing — fuck it, you are always calm and in a good mood. The game takes control over you; it becomes a part of your life, even the meaning of your life. You have to live with it, and there is no way back to the world you came from. You get what you get and deserve. The entire world is a stage, said Shakespeare, and I would add — all the world is a stage, where you either win or lose.
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