If you ask
my next-door neighbor what he does for a living, he will
tell you that he is a professional gambler involved in
organized crime. In truth, he is an insurance
agent. He has a healthy disrespect for his business,
and extends that skeptical mode into his philosophy of
life. "We're all gamblers," says he,
"every one of us. And life is a continual
crapshoot and poker game and horse race." Then he
adds, "And I love the game!"
great believer in hedging his bets, however, protecting
himself by betting both ways when the odds are close.
Philosophically this gets expressed in these sayings mounted
on his office wall:
trust your fellow human. And always cut the cards.
trust God. And always build your house on high ground.
thy neighbor. And always pick a good neighborhood to
The race is
not always to the swift, nor the battle to the strong, but
you better bet that way.
bet somewhere between turning-the-other-cheek and
bet somewhere between haste-makes-waste and