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ALCOHOL, EVIL, LUCK, AND ENGLISH. WHY MOST SUFFER FROM FALSE BELIEFS AND WHY MOST LIVE LAME LIVES.



ME:

Can you imagine Muslim refugees drinking a few pints down at the local with the lads while watching the 2015 Rugby World Cup? I can't (see: ENGLAND, THE RUGBY WORLD CUP 2015 AND THE MUSLIM REFUGEES INVASION OF EUROPE).


CHARLIE:

Alcohol is evil... can so often lead to violence...

ME:

Alcohol is inert. It is not sentient. By your beliefs, fire is evil because fire destroys things through burning.

Rightly, many of mankind live by evil or live from evil. The man or woman who lives by alcoholism lives by evil. The alcohol itself isn't evil.

Evil is an Old English word meaning vicious, wicked, bad, ill. Ill is a word of Old Norse that entered English about 1200 meaning morally evil. Wicked is an English word also attested to about 1200 meaning bad, false.

Vicious is an Old French word spoken by the Anglo-Normans and first attested to the late 1300s meaning unwholesome, impure, of the nature of vice, wicked, corrupting, pernicious, harmful. In turn the word comes from the Latin vitiosus meaning faulty, full of faults, defective, corrupt; wicked, depraved.

All of these things — evil, vicious, wicked, ill, unwholesome, corrupting — are bad characters of individuals of mankind. Never are these are not qualities of things.

Because most know words and can pronounce words, most believe they know what they say. Yet, more often than not, they do not. That is why their beliefs are muddled and superstitious-driven.

Good luck!

CHARLIE:

LOL! I will need the luck today for sure.

ME:

Luck is merely having kept one's eyes open for opportunity and always having worked to better oneself so that one can leverage oneself to gain from the opportunity.

Opportunity offers itself in proportion to one's skills, one's will for action, and one's belief in attaining the outcome. Those who act in the face of opportunity and who come out ahead are lucky.

Opportunity comes from the Latin expression ob portum veniens meaning coming toward a port. When you come to port, you must ask those who are from there if they want what you offer. You must seek those who have what you want.

Hence, my cheers of good luck to one and all.

Those who are slothful, reliant upon others, those who can only imitate — these are the ones who fail to see opportunity and thus never experience luck.

Luck does not mean being handed something for nothing though fools believe that is the meaning of luck.

Luck entered into English late in the 1400s from the Middle Dutch meaning happiness (cf. Deutsch Gl├╝ck). Happiness is an Old English word meaning the fullness of being happy. Happy is Middle English for one who takes on the haps (chances).

Happy does not mean temporal joy, temporal bliss or any such nonsense that almost all believe happiness means today.

Because most native English speakers are horrible with Latinate English — English words taken from Old French, Middle French, Norman French, Late Latin, Modern Latin — they grow up quite confused about the meaning of words of English, especially words of Old English derived from Old Saxon and Old Norse as well as of Middle English, you know, the rudiments of English.

Good luck!