- The behavior/action that I chose in the Gallup survey is Gambling, and I consider this action or behavior as RIGHT. Gambling can be defined as “betting money on an outcome that is wholly or largely random.” Gambling includes the individual or the gambler himself and the casino that administers and runs the gambling tables and games. Some people say that gambling is morally wrong; however, the individual losses from gambling are justified by it being a fun and leisurely activity worth “paying” for. In the United States, 48 out of 50 states have legalized gambling and they have legalized this for many reasons. The individual gambler only gambles for fun and he or she knows that they are likely to lose money, so there is nothing wrong about this. Society has even accepted that spending money on many other leisure pursuits such as watching a movie, watching a sports game, or even going to a school fair like the Xavier School fair, and all of these have no material benefit; thus, gambling should not be any different. Gambling has many psychological effects to the gambler, he experiences a feeling of release from daily tensions, freedom, non-conformity, confidence, and even control which extends to executive control in decision-making. Moreover, gambling increases a persons individual efficiency. It stimulate’s the gamblers hope, and increases analysis in decision-making. On the other hand, casinos have many economic benefits to the country. The burgeoning gambling industry in the Philippines, which is regulated by PAGCOR, has already given a huge amount of revenues to the government last year when the Resorts World Manila opened. It has also given many jobs to the filipinos which is what our country needs, and this is definitely a positive outcome and result.
- I actually believe that gambling is RIGHT, but SINFUL. According to the tenth commandment which states that we are covetous if we try to acquire what belongs to another without paying a fair price, gambling is sinful and would not remain a viable industry. We are gambling with a minimum amount of money as buy-in which may generate huge gains and financial benefits when we win. This may be seen as sinful because the lower class citizens are working hard to get to a certain amount of money to feed their children and to survive. Moreover, the Apostle Paul emphasizes the importance of working, being productive, taking care of the family and giving to those in need. Therefore, spending time and money gambling is not “good.”
- In the context of this issue, I think that I am a moral rationalist because I believe that gambling is right for many good reasons; however, it is wrong based on the bible and the Church’s teachings.
The road of suspicion states that “Whenever your decision involves pleasure or avoids pain, cast some suspicion on your motive,” and putting this in the context of gambling. We, the individual gamblers, are indulging in pleasure while avoiding pain and we should always think about what many people in the lower income brackets or the less-fortunate in poverty would do with money that we are spending for our own pleasure. Moreover, the road of caution states that “When unsure of whether or not an act is wrong, err on the side of caution. Assume it is wrong.” When using the road of caution to asses this issue of gambling, some of us may certainly believe that it is right, then it is acceptable to gamble. However, if we are unsure of our actions, we should assume it is wrong, and not gamble. Hence, following the road of caution.