On Thursday, I bought two lottery tickets and was pyschologically transported to that dangerous world of hope. In my mind, I wasn’t going to work on Monday or ever again. I was planning, relocating, and making a better future for everyone in this world by first thinking about número uno — myself. Yet on Friday evening when I checked those lucky numbers, I was violently deported back from my fantasy. As Calderón de la Barca wrote, “la vida es sueño y los sueños, sueños son“.
This all took me back to an earlier time when I liked to play to win, which is the only way to play the lottery. So with all of this in mind (and to avoid repeating myself again), I dedicate this Recycled Post of the Week to a May 2006 post entitled “The Lottery: It’s about winning, not about how you play the game“.