Oh, let me explain myself better Simon: I do not consider myself unlucky, all the contrary. I was very careful in using quotes around the word "luck" because what I mean was just apparent lack of luck. Whatever the society (and not me) consider "luck", or a positive destiny. Whatever the "system" (and not me) declares so. My personal feeling, about my choices and my present destiny is in fact quite different.simonshack wrote:Do I consider myself 'unlucky' (as Nonho says) for doing so? No, not a bit. That's where I beg to differ a little from Nonho's viewpoint. Whereas we may baulk at considering ourselves 'smarter' than the average public, we cannot go as far as qualifying ourselves as 'unlucky'.
Paradoxically, I would only consider myself unlucky if this (now collective) propaganda research of ours gets to a point where it is embraced by the current 'scientific' community - and enters university classes.
What I was trying to say is that --sometimes-- it takes this apparent lack of fortune in our social, official lives -- this apparent "dropping out" of the system -- to get to the point where we can start to question things that maybe are normally left untouched. So I meant "unlucky" simply in this strict sense: people who by the accidents of life have found themselves in one moment or the other out of reach from the temptations and rules of the system, and who because of this are finally allowed to see things more clearly.
For the rest, I certainly appreciate your personal perspective. I think it is pretty natural that on a topic such as this one we all have to draw from our personal experiences, because it is just impossible to be objective or to pinpoint universal rules.