We Won’t Get Fooled Again

07Aug13

“A fool and his money are soon parted”. I thought about that phrase today when I opened another scam email. I’ve lost count of how many times that Nigerian Prince has promised me a share of his fortune, how many prize draws I’ve won that I don’t remember entering and I’m pretty sure it can’t be as easy as they say it is to turn my computer into a “money making machine”. I click “block sender” and “delete” but still they come.

These scams wouldn’t be out there if they didn’t work sometimes. Dumb people must fall for them. At first I thought that’s really sad but I’ve come to realize its just nature’s way.

Nature makes sure that everything eventually finds its own level. It’s how balance is achieved in the universe. Wealth equals power; nature knows this so has created a system that makes sure that idiots don’t keep hold of money for very long.

The system is so good it makes sure that even if you win, you lose. Research from the National Endowment for Financial Education shows that 70 percent of people who suddenly receive a large sum of money will lose it all within a few years.

Fools can’t help giving their money away, they don’t need to be sucked in by email scams, because they play the lottery. They get sucked in by the chance of winning an unimaginable amount of money. They haven’t worked out that while the lottery publicizes the few winners, they never mention the millions of losers. The lottery also keeps quiet about international research, like the study done in 2010 by Vanderbilt University, the University of Kentucky and the University of Pittsburgh, that shows the more money you win in a lottery, the more likely you are to end up bankrupt.

The chances of winning the Jackpot in the UK National Lottery are one in 13,983,815. You only have a 1 in 29,219 chance of dying on any given day. That means you are more likely to die on the way to the shop to buy the ticket than you are of winning the lottery.

I traced the origin of the phrase “A fool and his money are soon parted” and the earliest trace is in a poem by the English poet Thomas Tusser, first published in 1557. It contains the rhyming couplet:

A foole and his monie be soone at debate,
which after with sorrow repents him too late.

So the phrase is over four hundred years old but the system it describes is as old as time itself. Darwin didn’t publish “On The Origin of Species” until 1859 but natural selection has always been there, and it’s fool proof!

Craic on!

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