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If you asked the average person, "Does the Universe mostly help you, or mostly hurt you?" What do you think they would say?
There would be a ton of people that would conclude the Universe is great, and wants to see them succeed. Others may view life more pessimistically, concluding that the Universe is actually out to get them, impeding their path to success. Still, another section of the population might conclude that the Universe is indifferent. That it has no view, or bias, that it is simply "balanced".
I've come to the conclusion that the world has a positivity bias of some sort, yet I have no idea where it stems from. It surely doesn't make scientific sense, or at least I can't prove it. To keep balance, the world actually needs to lean slightly toward optimistic values, in order to function properly. My guess is an even balance of good and evil, would actually result in chaos.
Good needs an edge because it's not always easy. It's not always sexy. It doesn't always feel great, doing the "right thing". There has to be a slight bias, or we'd all just chose the easy route. If you had no bias, would you care if you threw a piece of garbage out the window? Or help an old lady across the street? Instead of a "conscience" you'd be indifferent, unable to really determine, right from wrong, or good from bad.
That's why I think there has to be a optimistic bias. Instead of Yin and Yang, think Yin plus, and Yang minus. This is why optimism feels good, and pessimism doesn't. It's the reason, people have are innately great in disasters, bonding, and coming to the aid of their fellow man in crisis. Surviving sometimes, against incredible odds. It explains, our thirst to not only do the status quo well, but exceed it.
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Just like the Casino, when you make bets, not in your favour, but win in the short-term, you fool yourself into believing that it can last forever. Pushing your bets even further, until one day you realize that you were never winning at all. There may have been momentary "wins", but in the end, the odds were never once in your favour. You may believe there is a path to success, playing from the "dark" side, yet it is an illusion. The chances were never in your favour. When you achieve what you thought to be success, what you thought to be "winning", it actually wasn't. That "win" never gave you the feeling you were looking for.
These folks that take the easy route, will never own the Casino. In the end, the Casino will own them.