Gambling isn’t something that we’ve just invented now; it’s been with us throughout our whole history. The first evidence of gambling appearing in society was in ancient China. It was in the form of lottery, where people would buy wooden lottery tickets with numbers inscribed on them. People would gather on these events and wait for the host to announce the wining number. The main reasons for creating such events wasn’t merely to strengthen the economy; it was also to provide entertainment that would bring people together in harsh times.
Over the years as we’ve created more complex types of gambling games, the number of people attracted to this idea increased. Nowadays we have millions of people that share their passion for gambling. And sure, there are negative effects of gambling like the effect it has on families, marriages and generally on the quality of lives of those who gamble, but it’s impossible to think of the world where there is no gambling. There are many good things that came out of gambling as well. Heard of the expression, only once you lose something you’ll start to appreciate it? Now think about how the negative effects of gambling, where people lost homes, families, and friends, made them appreciate those things and how they changed for the better after it.
Bad Example Leading To Good Things
So let’s say that there are more negative effects of gambling than positive ones. No harm in admitting it. But this is only the case if we take into consideration examples where people are truly addicted to it, and when they can’t stop playing no matter what. Even these examples have a positive effect, maybe not on those individuals, but on those around them. How can losing everything on gambling can be considered a good thing? These unfortunate people leave a bad example without a doubt, but those around them can learn quite a lot about life. If you have someone close to you, a family member or a friend that ruined their lives by gambling, it will most definitely make you a better person as you’ll never come near any gambling machine or game ever. By having a bad example, you’ll learn not to do it, as you’ve experienced the effects of those actions on your own skin.
To sum it up, gambling habits are only harmful to the lives of individuals having them if they are excessive. There is nothing wrong with “rolling the dice” a couple of times and testing your luck. It’s entertaining, but the only problem with gambling is an addiction. Once you win and realize how easy it was, you’ll want to try again and again. And in this process of testing your luck, you lose track of time and events that occur around you. If we could only develop a defense system that prevents us from getting addicted, gambling wouldn’t be necessarily considered as a bad thing.