Gambling Never Made Anyone Rich

Even before the first whistle in a soccer match is blown, borrowed money, salaries, school tuition and the allowances of many people,

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Gambling Never Made Anyone Rich
 
Gambling Never Made Anyone Rich
 
Gambling Never Made Anyone Rich
 
Even before the first whistle in a soccer match is blown, borrowed money, salaries, school tuition and the allowances of many people, have already been placed on bets at the gambling table. This is a typical scenario that occurs outside of the soccer field, and it has tremendous effects on the whole family.
 
It is estimated that, on a typical day, the money circulation for bets on a football game is over several million. This is an extremely high figure for a developing country like Thailand.
 
The bookies brim with joy when they see the figures and how much money they will collect. However, for those who work at an honest living, this way of life is considered to be cold blooded because the bookies are making money from people who do not know how to utilize their money.
 
These penniless people, who have lost all their money on gambling, will then turn to the bookies for loans. If they cannot come up with the money to repay their debt, they will resort to criminal activities, corruption and prostitution, in order to repay the debt.
 
These penniless people, who have lost all their money on gambling, will then turn to the bookies for loans. If they cannot come up with the money to repay their debt, they will resort to criminal activities, corruption and prostitution, in order to repay the debt.
 
The idea of working in an honorable profession disappears from their minds as they bury themselves deeper and deeper in the addiction from gambling. The addiction is difficult to break because the only agenda is to get back the money they lost.
 
Since we are all Thai, we have to consider the best interventions to help those with this addiction in order to create the best results. There are four things that we should consider:
 
1) We must not involve ourselves in gambling.
 
2) We need to prevent our children from becoming gamblers, by explaining to them the harm and danger of gambling.
 
3) We should not promote or encourage a gambling environment at home, work or school.
 
4) We should explain to loved-ones the destruction caused by gambling, and has it has never made anyone rich.
 
Gambling destroys one’s wisdom.
 
Gambling destroys one’s wisdom.
 
Why do gamblers not become rich? It is because gamblers have already destroyed their inner true worth.
 
1) Gambling destroys one’s human quality.
 
The quality of being a human depends on our level of honesty. The instant we become involved with gambling, deceit automatically arises and honesty is lost. Wherever gambling takes place, deceit will appear. If cheating does not occur while gambling, please understand that it is because the opportunity has not yet arisen.
 
2) Gambling destroys one’s wisdom.
 
Gamblers who have lost their money will perceive money as a deity that can provide them with everything. They forget that there are many things which money cannot buy. When they have money, they will spend it on useless things, since they do not know how quickly it will switch hands, or when they may lose it to gambling. They become wasteful and do not know the true worth of money. They view money as only a piece of paper. Once they spend it, they crave more money again and again, for the rest of their lives. Instead of using the wisdom they possess in a beneficial way, they use it to devise ways to cheat others.
 
3) Gambling wastes one’s time.
 
When gamblers gamble, they forget everything. Even when they win, they will forget everything. When they lose, they will try even harder to find ways to get their money back. They will not quit until they do, unless they are forced to quit because all of their money is lost. When they  win, it is never enough. With each passing day, they can lose their jobs and other important things without even realizing it.
 
4) Gambling destroys one’s health.
 
When they gamble, they neglect and sacrifice their rest and sleep, delay using the restroom, and they eat at odd hours of the day and night. As a result, their health is compromised and disease may result.
 
As you can see, gambling destroys everything, even one’s quality of being a human. Even when they win, they cannot spend it on anything that is beneficial, for long. Thus, they are never rich and cannot find security in life.
 
Gambling, no matter in what form, is a source of destruction and carelessness. It is best to never get involved.
 
Therefore, during the frenzied soccer season, we should protect each other and loved-ones from becoming involved in gambling. This requires a group effort in explaining the harmful effects of gambling. Let us spread this from one person to the next. With every sound of the whistle, we can keep our children from becoming slaves to gambling.
 
 

     
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