Does Luck Merely Exist in the Eyes of the Beholder?

Mukundarajan V N
The Daily Cuppa

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“Optimists believe in good luck, pessimists in bad. But if it’s all a matter of perspective, does luck even exist? ”(Steven Hales, the author of The Myth of Luck )

Luck is not black and white, it seems. There are ambiguous situations in which people may seem either lucky or unlucky.

Tsutomu Yamaguchi was a Japanese businessman. His work took him to Hiroshima on August 6, 1945, and to Nagasaki on August 9, 1945. He survived the nuclear bombing of both cities.

He died in 2010 at the ripe age of 93.

Steven Hales and the psychologist Jennifer Johnson asked the opinions of respondents.

Both pessimists and optimists agreed on the good luck component-survival.

About the bombing, the pessimists considered him as extremely unlucky. The optimists shrugged it off.

What do you think?

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Mukundarajan V N
The Daily Cuppa

Retired banker living in India. Avid reader. I write to learn, inform and inspire. Believe in ethical living and sustainable development. vnmukund@gmail.com