Just saying the word “gambling” is enough to illicit a myriad of responses from people. While some would be positive, an overwhelming amount is usually negative. Why is that exactly?
Gambling as an Activity
By the truest definition of the word, gambling is all about putting something that you value (usually money or pride) on the line without an assurance of getting the result that you want in the end. It is, in the strictest definition, a risk. Gambling, as an activity, has been spotted throughout history. Many of the early civilizations had gambling as part of its culture.
If you have heard of the gladiators of Old Rome, that was a form of gambling! Gladiator owners all pit their fighters against each other, putting something on the line and the winning gladiator to establish the outcome.
In more recent years, gambling is seen more like a vice which leads millions to ruin—at least, that is what every pearl clutching aunt will tell you. However, it takes a gambler to really tell you what gambling is all about.
Gambling as Something Positive
Gambling is the gateway to certain experiences that a lot of people do not get to undergo. While it is something that you can earn from, this is not the sole reason why people gamble. It is the entirety of it. The sights, sounds, friends that you meet along the way, the thrill, and uncertainty! We admit that it is not for everyone but this does not mean that you should not give it a try.
Food For Thought
Despite the age that gambling has, it is still met with a variety of factions. There are those that simply believe that gambling is something that we are all better off without. There are those that are now willing and able to look past the old beliefs—to see the actual positives that this brings to more than just our own interests. With this article we have reflected our understanding and approach toward gambling.
Now is our turn to ask: what do you think gambling is exactly?