The druid abides

July 24, 2017 § 6 Comments

The house always wins.

Of course, the house doesn’t always win, if we take the term “always” literally.

What the saying actually means is that the house wins just a little bit on average; and that winning-a-little-bit-on-average is good enough to assure its long term triumph: the long term defeat of its enemies, foreign and domestic.

A finger on the scale is all it takes to make the house win on average, with a time horizon that encompasses more than just the fleeting hope of winning a jackpot today that we would have considered impoverishment yesterday. The secret to winning a long game, against a wizard who keeps an invisible finger on the scale, is to unequivocally refuse to play at all.

Gamblers come and go. The druid abides.

Unless we exorcise him.

§ 6 Responses to The druid abides

  • TomD says:

    “The only winning move is not to play.” – the poet, somewhere.

  • […] Source: Zippy Catholic […]

  • Bruce Charlton says:

    Fine stuff!

    Typo? Should this read: refuse to play *at* all?

    Luckily, for Christians, there is another alternative to not playing *at all*, which is probably impossible; which is explicitly to recognise that the ‘game’ is (increasingly) evil on average and in its essence; and to repent and repent and repent.

  • Zippy says:

    Thanks, I fixed the typo.

  • I really enjoyed, “The problem is you, and the solution is repentance.” There’s a saying, “everybody wants to change the world but nobody ever wants to change themselves.”

  • donnie says:

    There’s a saying, “everybody wants to change the world but nobody ever wants to change themselves.”

    If you wanna make the world a better place…

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