Ryoto wrote: edearl wrote:
(Wall Street is gambling based on emotional perceptions, its a farce)
Life is a gamble with the odds stacked against you. People addicted to gambling will find somewhere to gamble, better it is legal gambling than illegal because the government gets taxes from legal gambling.
As an avid sports gambler I strongly agree. Regardless of what people say it can be profitable for a lot players (like me) who take very calculated and smart risks as opposed to the junkies who just like getting that feeling of high (addiction gambling) and blow away all sorts of money. Same thing with alcohol, you have some people savor and enjoy it and some people who just abuse it. The choice is all yours.
I probably should not quibble, but I didn't say anything positive about gambling.
Legal gambling brings in taxes, which is better than illegal gambling, but both enable addicts, which is not good. Among the worst things a society can do is put addicts in prison for illegal gambling, illegal drug consumption, and other illegal addictive behaviors. Addicts putting themselves or others in danger must be controlled, but prison, which in this case exacerbates societal problems, is not the answer. If an addict must be removed from society, a hospital is a better, often less expensive, choice. But, most addicts can be treated as out-patients, attend meetings such as Alcoholics Anonymous, or both.
HHDL: "My confidence in venturing into science lies in my basic belief that as in science so in Buddhism, understanding the nature of reality is pursued by means of critical investigation: if scientific analysis were conclusively to demonstrate certain claims in Buddhism to be false, then we must accept the findings of science and abandon those claims."