For the record, I definitely believe in luck, but I believe it can only be seen in retrospect.
Say you and I flip a coin, and the person who wins the flip gets the coin. There’s no way to predict who will win. It could just as easily be you or me, but it will only be one of us. We flip the coin and I win. I didn’t do anything too cause this result. A random event fell in my favor and I profited because of it. We need a word to describe this sort of situation, and that word is “lucky.” The word for my opponent’s situation, where a random event didn’t fall in his favor and he lost out, is “unlucky.”
Luck definitely exists, but by definition it is not something you can count on in advance, nor is it something you can manufacture for yourself. People often claim that they make their own luck, but using cleverness or hard work to create favorable conditions is not luck, it’s effort paying off. These people aren’t making luck. They’re making me crazy by mischaracterizing what luck is.
Things like this have bothered me since I was a little kid.
No, I was not popular. Why do you ask?
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