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Post Reply Do you believe in luck? What do you consider bad/good luck?
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Posted 8/9/13
I personally don't believe in luck. I think the choices you make before "bad" or "good" luck are what affects it. You made the choice to not run the red light with all of the other cars, so you didn't get hit as a result. You made the choice to look both ways, and as a result you didn't get run over by a car. What do you all think?
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Yeah, I believe in luck, if that's what you can call it. I'm here right here right now thanks to a lot of coincidences, and if that's not luck.... I'm daaaaamn good.
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i find i have to many days where im either lucky or absolutely unlucky. it lasts the whole day. if i get splashed by a car in the morning, im probably getting splashed at night too
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Yeah, kind of. Sometimes you're there at the right place at the right time, and sometimes not so much.
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Posted 8/9/13
parallel universes, babe
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i cant see luck as being something real, just a shitload of coincidences. "oh theres a black cat" *gets hit by a truck* stay out of the middle of the street while staring at a cat you asshat.
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Luck is basically what we call the affects of outside forces on ourselves. The universe follows a set of rules for the most part, and everything that happens is a result of those laws, but we don't have nearly as much control as we might like on them. That said, it's not as if random selection does not exist. In that sense, luck, being more or less synonymous with 'coincidence', is a real thing. Using the OP's traffic analogy, someone running a red light is inviting danger by doing so, obviously. However, the actual manifestation of that danger is up to 'chance' as far as the violator is concerned, and is thus dependent on luck.

In terms of a person possessing good or bad luck, in a theoretical sense, I don't believe it. It sounds pretty ridiculous after all. Luck is by definition an outside force, so a person's own actions shouldn't have much bearing on it: if they do, it's no longer a coincidence, but a simple result. However, superstition being the wonderful phenomenon that it is, I'm able to sincerely believe that I have chronic bad luck, despite also believing that luck of that sort doesn't actually exist.

What I'm basically trying to say is that luck, being an unobservable phenomenon, is perfectly capable of existing as a concept despite seemingly contradicting what we know. The whole point of concepts like luck is that they violate the science that we rely on so much. It's human nature to enjoy contradictions, because creativity relies on them significantly. I see absolutely no reason for a perfectly pragmatic person not to believe in luck, despite its utter non-pragmatism, because, when it comes down to it, it's fun. The 'facts' should always take a backseat to what you, personally, can make of the ideas you have to work with.
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No such thing as "outside forces". It's all about being in the right place and at the right time.
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17 / M / Arizona
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Yeah I believe in it, I have pretty crappy luck, always in the wrong place at the wrong time. Well that and I'm not horribly aware of my surroundings so that doesnt help with cars and such (been hit 3 times before)
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25 / M / Wisconsin
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I have found 3 four-leaf clovers in my life so far...so no I don't believe in luck.
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Yep. i mean sometimes I can't finish studying an entire coverage for my major exams but strangely the topics that come out are the ones I studied well, or all my guesses (like for 10 consecutive questions) are actually correct! Lol it might not be coincidence if it happens everytime.
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Posted 8/10/13
yes i believe some people are extremely lucky ......
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You know what they say .. "There's only one way to give 110%!"

.. Ha, in spite of that inspiring quote, no, not really .. luck is just superstition.
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I find it quite odd that the concept of 'luck' could be definitively denied, though I get what the argument's trying to say about your decisions affecting the outcome. Obviously that's true to an extent, but surely there's always an element of randomness.

Like, you can't do much about encountering a shiny Pokémon. You can boost your chances, e.g. using a PokéRadar, Masuda method etc. though ultimately it's just mathematical probability at work. Encountering 10 wild Pokémon in a row is pretty undeniably 'good luck'.

Not exactly the deepest of examples, I know
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Posted 8/10/13
I believe in cause and effect.

Even within the context of Buddhism, I don't think Karma is a supernatural force. I simply believe it to be, again, cause and effect.
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