Monday, March 6, 2017

Lottery as an Apt Metaphor

It used to be common to see ads in the 80s and 90s for the Powerball lottery that ended with the tagline "You Can't Win If You Don't Play." A cursory examination of this statement reveals that indeed, one can not win the Powerball if one never plays it. Given, however, the monumental odds against winning said lottery, such as that it is many hundreds of millions to one, it would also be apt to say "You Can't Win If You Do Play." One finds that, fittingly, this statement, and the previous statement, both apply to the nature of human existence.

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