Laws of Luck
Um I think it, I was just unlucky that whenever I tried to do something, something bad would come up to stop it. I thought finally I was in the best job I ever had, met a girl, who was absolutely fantastic, and then three whammies come. She dumped me on new year’s day, I got an eviction notice a few days before new years day and my job, a week previous, it went out the window. Ultimately I became homeless and had to live in my car. And it was as if I was cursed.
Luck. It’s that most fickle of ancient forces … feared … revered … courted and thwarted. Consistently controlling luck is like asking Rao to stop bragging about himself; next to impossible. Some say its faith, some say its superstition, wiki says its probability. Going by wiki’s definition and some of my personal experiences, I have put forth these two basic laws of luck:
1. 1. The integration of luck over any being’s lifetime is zero.
2. 2. The cumulative integration of all luck of all living beings over the entire timescale is zero.
I have taken Earth as the superset but there’s no reason why the Universe (and their parallel counterparts of course) can’t be taken into account as well. Taking the possibility of re-birth (OSO sucks big-time though) into account, the two laws can be extended into that period as well. The value of interest here is taken to be zero for the purpose of convenience and reference.
In basic layman’s terms, the gist of all these rumbles-mumbles-dumbles is that if someone is lucky over a period of time, he has to be unlucky over some other period(sounds similar to the law of averages doesn’t it?). He/She/whoever may be lucky in a particular field but has to face the brunt of bad luck in other areas. So, going by these laws, no one in this world is lucky. It is merely a human construct used by people when they see only one’s “lucky” phase. It may also be used as an excuse for other people’s successes and one’s own failures. So the next time you describe a person lucky, think again. As the great Einstein said, “God doesn’t play dice”.
P.S: All the above thoughts are strictly mine.
P.S*: Please someone save me from Rao :-S