posted on May, 1 2013 @ 04:09 PM
I suppose this incident brings up one of the big ethical questions of all time. We all know that a fool and his money are easily parted. But the real
question is, that being the case, do we simply chalk it up to idiocy and forget it, or should we be disgusted that one person used anothers stupidity
against him, and fleeced him of his savings?
When door to door fraudsters swindle old ladies out of thier pensions or savings, the neighborhood is up in arms within hours of being alerted, if
not sooner. When vulnerable people are exploited by big businesses and cowboy companies, we are enraged. And yet, this man, this simpleton could be
argued to be nearly as afflicted by his base buffoonery as any old aged pensioner with dementia, or brain damage case, but because he appears to have
been BORN with all the critical thinking ability of a baked potato, it seems that sympathy for him is low.
I for one believe that it is not the people who loose thier money who are at fault, but those callous enough to take it. Look at the massive increase
in online gambling over the last ten years. People playing with and loosing thier life savings, ignoring all the government warnings placed on
advertising, ignoring all the sage advice of thier accountants, priests, preachers, brothers, sisters, aunts uncles, mothers fathers and every other
important figure in thier lives, because something about the way the game is set up, speaks to thier mentality, and makes them want to play.
And sure enough, the law supports a persons free will, to do as they please as long as the law remains unbroken, to win or loose at thier own behest
and with thier own limits.
I like games. But I never play any game for money. It is not because I lack skill, but because I lack money, and because that which I do possess, has
a value of which I am starkly aware. I also know that the percentile chance of winning any game which requires more luck than skill (that is, any game
which could even be loosely described as gambling) more times than you loose, is very very small indeed. I refuse to even play the lottery for the
same reason. I value my money, and I know that I am more likely to be struck by lightning while being brained by falling meteorites than I ever am to
land a hundred plus million of lottery winnings.
However, not everyone on planet Earth has been blessed with the ability to reason thusly. Some have even been afflicted with such vast ego, that
regardless of the intellectual awareness of the facts pertaining to gambling, they believe that thier enormous minds (and gargantuan balls no doubt)
are capable of absorbing reality like a kevlar vest, protecting the soft organs of thier bank accounts from the excesses they involve themselves with
whilst sat at poker tables, or casting a fevered eye over a spinning roulette wheel.
These people are utter morons of course, but I think the law ought to protect a person from his or her own stupidity. Either that or more folks
shouldnt be leaving the house without a responsible guardian, than was previosuly thought.