The practice of Luckism™ can be divided into two general categories. One consists of ways in which a person confirms the validity of the fundamental truth of Luckism™ and reinforces the personal determination to live in accordance with those truths. The second comprises specific actions that Luckism™ recommends a person take in order to live consistently with the truths of Luckism.™
PRACTICES WHICH CONFIRM THE TRUTH OF LUCKISM
1. Observation of nature
Nature is an endless source of unpredictable activity. By “nature” we mean the parts of the world which are not made by humans. This includes the sky, clouds, stars, bodies of water, plants and living things. Many of the movements and interactions in nature are unpredictable. Who can say where the sunlight will glint on which wavelet or what leaf will move which way under the influence of what wind? Yes, we have found big regularities in nature but the initiation and recreation of these regularities is beyond our knowledge. And if we are to match the scale of our personal activity against nature are we not closer to the individual leaf or the minute wavelet than anything larger? This obviously diminishes the sense of self-importance which is common in humans but it has the supreme virtue of being true and in a provable connection to reality. It must follow that we are often subject to forces far beyond our ability to comprehend or control. Luckism™ takes this to mean that, in conducting ourselves in the world, we must call on harmony and modesty much more than we presently do. Our first response to things should not be “How can we subject things to our will” (which is laughable when seen in the proper perspective) but rather “How can we harmonize our goals with what we know and don’t know?”
2. Observation of personal and public events
3. Study of science and philosophy
4. SUBLIMATED GAMES OF CHANCE
The experience of good or bad luck in games of chance is a clear confirmation of unpredictability in life. For this reason Luckism™ incorporates such games in its practices. What better verification of the truth of Luckism™ than the genuine sensation of being subject to the operation of chance? The games of chance used by Luckism™ are the equivalent of regular practices in other philosophies by which believers seek to feel the truth of their beliefs or sense the forces in which they believe. Other systems use prayer, meditation, chanting, dance and a variety of ritual objects and substances. Luckism™ focuses on aleatory activity to generate consciousness of the reality of chance and unpredictability. On that firm foundation it constructs the rest of its philosophy.
Ideally, it would be best if a participant used their own money or its equivalents in Luckism’s games of chance. This is most likely to generate concentration on the experience. However, because governments would probably seek to regulate this as “gambling” in the vulgar sense this is probably best left for the future when Luckism™ has a greater ability to enforce its rights. At present, it will be simplest to use a method in which the assets devoted to playing games of chance belong to the Luckism organization. This can best be done if those who wish to participate in the “game-playing” first donate a sum to the non-profit, tax-exempt organization. The organization then allows them to play with that money, either with the money itself or with tokens representing the money. When the playing is over the money remains the property of the organization.
It can be expected that Luckism’s use of sublimated games of chance will be subject to mockery and criticism. In response, it is sufficent to say “They are real, they are deep and they are worthy of respect.” The world will have to enlarge its understanding of this sublimation of games of chance to move beyond treating them as entertainment or a means of seeking monetary gain. When they are seen objectively they will be recognized as powerful and enlightening demonstrations of fundamental truths about life. In short, Luckism™ uses aleatory methods for the purpose of instilling in a person a recognition of the importance of the unknowable, unpredictable and uncontrollable in life. This is as profound an objective and as enlightening a practice as anything found in any other fundamental belief system.
PRACTICES WHICH IMPLEMENT LUCKISM
1. Harmonization with nature
2. Harmonization with humans and other living things
3. Social action
4. Aleatory guidance