A Frank Conversation With a Self-Acclaimed Casino Cheater.
I've just come across this blog which Blogger thinks worthy to be noted...
Apparently one can be proud of diverse actions and choices, even of spending 25 yrs in the business of Casino Cheating.
I'm musing, entirely unamused:
Don't you feel that by cheating you're actually replacing the Big Cheaters (The Casino Owners), not the System?
You might have made lots of money, but haven't you actually lost 25 (twenty five) best years of your life in this spiritual prison you're describing?
I'm interested in the human perspective. Telling the truthfull story of your life, feelings and urges could make a contribution to this lamentable world and population.
Once I saw a men pulling something like one hundred dollars to pay for a bunch of lottery tickets.
I asked him with a smile (he looked so poor and worn out):
"Is there something left for your kids' food?"
He took the money and went away.
The lady running the booth admonished me:
"It's not nice what you've done. He'll go to another booth and I've lost a customer!"
In answer to your questions posted on my site:
While I'm not sure what it is you're asking here in relation to the Big Casinos and the System, I most certainly didn't replace the casinos. I put a little bit of hurt on them and was able to do so because of their greed and aggressive pursuit of sucker's money.
I didn't lose 25 years in any spiritual prison. I LIVED my life. I travelled across the world, made a nice living, experienced a roller coaster ride filled with all of the adventures that life has to offer, and did so with a great deal of comraderie ith trusted teammates and close friends.
I haven't read your books, so (unlike you) I won't attempt to offer assess them.
You should read my book maybe it'll inspire some adventures of your own.
The human perspective depends on experience. I lived my life fully (and continue to do so). I own all of its amazing experiences. Instead of being what I suspect as being at least a bit overly introspective, and feeling the world and its population is lamentable, you might be better off going out and having some fun. It may change your perspective to a more realistic and positive one.
Finally, my book is published by a major New York Publisher (St. Martin's Press). No need for a ghost.
Indeed one needs to read a book in order to assess it (by which you probably mean, evaluate). While I've been indeed talking of Values, in regard to your book I was referring to the genre itself.
Literature is by its nature introspective, offering an in-depth perspective on life. How-To books do not reach that far. It's like the difference between a straw chair in your kitchen, and, let's say, Van Gogh's. One stays with you for as long as it is usable, the other survives Time itself.
You have written in the genre of "kitchen chair", which is usable in its way.
The issue is far reaching and deserves a Van Gogh.
True, he was introspective and suffering and probably most of the time very lonely and tormented. I do not recommend those aspects...
I feel there is a need to understand those deep layers of human spirit.
Dostoevsky was trying to reach into such deep wells. A ghost writer, a professional literary writer in your country might bring some inner truths out to light and then, behold, the "kitchen chair" will attain a totally different level.
While musing on this issue it dawned upon me that in my country, in the world at large, we are all, in a philosophical sense, Lottery Cheaters, as we try each in our petty corner to cheat the Sky, the Wheel dealers. It is pathetic and lamentable yet not as much as the people who populate the Casinoes are.
Some of us even take upon themselves the role of Robin Hood. If I understand correctly it was not your way.
In most countries those institutions "donate" monies to not-for-profit organizations. This is money taken mostly from the poor and deluded.
I know quite well that Casinos exists despite what I might call "the Cheaters of the Cheaters". What I meant was that you replaced, or joined, the System by using those monies.
As for adventures and camaraderie - we found them at the Mafia and criminal gangs as well, so they can stand on their own feet only while bestowed with qualitative content.
Hence my introspective question remains:
What is the Meaning of one's singular unique life?