How Much Does Luck Decide Our Lives – Free Ebook

We don’t anymore nowadays much believe in
Luck – or what was, in earlier ages, known

as Fortune. We would think it extremely suspicious
if someone explained that they had been sacked,

but added that this was simply the result
of ‘bad luck’. And we would think it equally

strange if someone said they had made a fortune,
but ascribed their triumph to mere ‘good

luck’. We resist the notion that luck can
play a significant role as much in our failures

as in our successes. Luck is a substantial
offence against modern ideals of control,

strategy and foresight. We understand ourselves
to be – for better and for worse – the

authors of our own destinies. Modern civilisation
itself could be viewed as a gigantic protest

against the role of chance in human affairs.
Science, insurance, medicine and public education

take up arms against luck, and have won enormous
battles against it, so many in fact, that

it has grown devilishly tempting to believe
that we may have vanquished it altogether.

However, luck is a fearsome enemy; its territory
is fluid and its power unpredictable and tempestuous.

Wisdom requires us to accept that it will
never be entirely tamed. Within every success,

however ardent our efforts, there is sure
to be a substantial degree of luck. And, more

redemptively, within every failure, there
is sure to be much that cannot be ascribed

to our foolishness alone. We make small mistakes
all the time; it is only occasionally that

a modest error turns out to have devastating
consequences. There are some who already believe

too much in luck; who are excessively willing
to assign all the outcomes of their lives

to chance. They need to hear more about responsibility
and the capacity of individuals to transform

their circumstances. But, in many ways, these
passive actors are ever less common in the

modern world. For the rest of us, those who
operate with a daunting feeling of personal

responsibility, who will constantly push themselves
to match their highest expectations and berate

themselves for failure, a reverential belief
in luck should be far more than a historical

curiosity. It remains a crucial concept to
take the edge off our arrogance and, when

fate has turned against us, to temper the
violence of our self-hatred.

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