Even the mildest life involves some risk. Whether you are a clerk, schoolteacher, accountant, or soldier of fortune, your life will involve some times when you will have to take a chance, make a decision that affects your future, or involves the well being or happiness of others. That is life. You may not consider yourself a gambler, but if you are a human being, you are sometimes forced to gamble.
Taking a chance on the roll of dice or turn of a card or the ups and downs of a horse race are all considered harmless entertainment to some people while others consider them บาคาร่า sheer madness. I was once in a large American casino playing Baccarat when a middle aged man walked in and stood beside me and placed a huge stack of chips on the table.
His demeanor was strange, automatic, as if he was a robot. He stared straight ahead, expressionless as the cards were dealt. In the dealing of one hand he lost an amount that would be a year’s salary for many working Americans. He woodenly turned, without a word, and walked out. My curiosity was stirred and I asked the dealer, “Who was that man?”
The dealer smiled and told me it was a very famous surgeon.
“What was that all about?” I asked.
“Dr. (X) once told me it was the only thing that kept him sane.” The dealer said.
For that famous surgeon, who often held a man or woman’s life in his hands, the best way to relieve the pressure of dealing with life and death decisions was to be able to turn the result of his actions over to fate and to risk a large sum of money. It was a way of letting go, perhaps even a deal he made with fate. “I’ll let you control this chance I am taking if you will allow me to have some control when life and death hang in the balance.”
As the Doctor walked away from the table, I heard someone in the crowd mutter, “He’s crazy.”
I couldn’t help but think to myself, once I’d heard the facts, “No, he’s sane, but only because of the outlet that is provided to him by gambling.” For that one man, anyway, it is healthful or at least helpful, entertainment.