Here in the United States, we have lost our mind over the projected $1.3 billion prize that is Powerball.
One of my all time favorite artists, Vincent Van Gogh, created this piece in 1882, entitled “The State Lottery Office.”
From the website…www.vangogh.net, these words:
“What is particularly evident in this painting is the suggestion that the group of huddled people milling around the lottery office could have spent their last pennies in a vain hope of winning. The figures are bowed and shuffling, and rather than a scene of expectant excitement, it is one of despondency.”
We have all heard the horror stories surrounding lottery winners. Families are torn apart, folks are harassed by friends, strangers, charities, etc. for a piece of their good fortune.
Drug addiction, divorce, bankruptcy, hospitalizations, even homicide have figured into the picture.
Could it be that folks were unprepared for sudden wealth; did not have the education or means to manage the sudden windfall ?
Were these folks who were down on their luck, looking for a way out of situations that could never be solved with financial gain ?
Is it simpler than that ?
Is there something just wrong about acquiring wealth that was not earned ?
Lots of questions. Not so sure about the answers.