Do you believe in luck?

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  1. wegs With brave wings, she flies . . . Valued Senior Member

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    In looking up the definition of luck - it means when a “force” brings about adversity or good fortune into your life (ie good or bad luck)

    I’ve never given much thought to the technical definition of luck, but what is this “force?”

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    Yet, another definition has luck meaning random chance occurrences that happen - good or bad - through no fault of one’s own.

    That definition makes sense. So is the sum total of our lives a cross between the decisions we make and ...luck? (in your opinion)
     
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  3. DaveC426913 Valued Senior Member

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    I do not believe in luck.
    I do not generally believe there are any paranormal or supernatural forces at work.

    That's doesn't stop me from using luck in conversation, I just recognize that it is a product of subjective selection of normal probabilitive events.

    I do believe that anyone who believes in luck believes in a supernatural guiding entity of some sort, simply by definition. (Some find luck more palatable a belief than God or Mother Nature or whatever, but "a rose by any other name"...)

    It simply means something independent that acts on the real world, altering events and outcomes.
     
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  5. RainbowSingularity Valued Senior Member

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    http://sciforums.com/threads/rivers-goodbye-thread.162347/#post-3598382

    some say you make your own
    the lord lucks those who luck themselves ... little luckers

    chance is a fine thing if you want to try your luck up the back ally with some craps

    nickle n dime shooters will have your pea in other peoples cups for sure

    its not luck then it is.
    it is preferential treatment as a gift from god.
    no luck involved.
    that is Racist !
    that makes god racist
    and quite obviously sexist
    oh my god (hang on if its my god then i own it) ... oh lord will you buy me a mercedes benz...
     
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  7. Seattle Valued Senior Member

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    I like this one better "Luck is the phenomenon that defines the experience of notably positive, negative, or improbable events".
     
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  8. RainbowSingularity Valued Senior Member

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    Luck Favors the Bold
    however, the bold tend to have a very high death rate so the true statistics are yet to be published.
     
  9. Seattle Valued Senior Member

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    Luck favors the prepared. The statistics are good on that one.
     
  10. DaveC426913 Valued Senior Member

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    A luck phrase I like:

    "Chance favors the well-prepared."

    I interpret this as an eloquent way of saying We each make our own luck.

    [EDIT] D'OH!
     
  11. wegs With brave wings, she flies . . . Valued Senior Member

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    So, do you all think that luck is an illusion? Like a whimsical idea that has no meaning?

    Is it like fate? I could believe in fate.

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    I’m sure we have heard someone say “you’re so lucky...” or we have said it to others, and there’s not much thought behind it. But, we assume that luck plays a role in the good fortune of others, without even meaning to, don’t we?
     
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  12. RainbowSingularity Valued Senior Member

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    = magic
     
  13. billvon Valued Senior Member

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    There are old skydivers, and there are bold skydivers, but there really aren't any old, bold skydivers.
     
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  14. DaveC426913 Valued Senior Member

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    Depends on what you mean.
    Luck is a human conceit. It is useful, in terms of, say, not giving up. But I don't believe it is a thing that alters events.

    Same thing. Belief in a supernatural controlling force.

    Of course. I'm human too. And the world around includes luck - it's just not an exterior phenomenon.
     
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