"Because you can be sure, my dear Crito, that misuse of words is not only troublesome in itself, but actually has a bad effect on the soul." Phaedo

The Betting Pool

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There might be nothing.

There might be something.

And time is the only coin we use to gamble our lives. 

Bet there is nothing, and despite the value of that coin increasing or decreasing in tangible value, the bet on nothing is, by definition, insubstantial.

Bet there is something, and all bets are off, for the bet itself negates the ‘something’ that only has value, worth believing in, if it substantiated with trust.  The reward of faith is a joy that arises from receiving validation that all suffering and hardships were not in vain.  That against the odds of survival, in a sudden plunge and impeding impact, something provides the knowledge that we will be caught and given a soft landing.  This joy can only arise, if the knowledge is present before the fall.  And despite this truth there is still a gamble and time is still our only coin, of which, to place any bet win, lose or draw is without a win or reward.  But without the gamble there is no time to value, the mystery which exercises faith, there is only bets on nothing or something and neither carry trust.

 

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