Philosophy of Life 03

TOPIC

Effort vs. Luck

Essay

◆ Effort
 Although some people say that luck is more important than effort, I strongly believe that the opposite is true for the three following reasons.
 The first reason is that, no matter how lucky one is, without enough effort, one will not amount to anything. Luck means having many opportunities by chance and effort means making the full of them. No matter how many opportunities one has, unless making use of them, nothing happens.
 The second reason is that effort makes one lucky. As people say, the harder you work, the luckier you get. This is obviously true. The more effort one makes, the more capable one gets. The more capable one gets in a particular field, the more opportunities one receives, and consequently one gets luckier because, like I said, luck means having many opportunities. Therefore making effort is one of the best ways to increase one’s luck.
 The third reason is that making effort is simply fun. Challenging, and experimenting, and improving one’s skills, and achieving goals, are more fulfilling than just leaving everything up to luck.
 As I mentioned, for the aforementioned three reasons, I strongly believe that effort is more important than luck.
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◆ Luck
 Although some people say that effort is more important than luck, I strongly believe that the opposite is true for the two following reasons.
 The first reason is that being able to make effort means that one is lucky. There are many people who just manage to live because of lack of clean water and foods. Some people cannot receive education because of extreme poverty. Some people suffer from diseases which cause them bedridden. For these people, it is impossible to make effort. People do not realize that being able to make effort means that they are extremely lucky. Only lucky people have the prerequisite to make effort.
 The second reason is that effort is just a subjective concept. It depends on people what they think is effort and what is not, and, in the reality, it is not subjective belief but objective action that counts. If one subjectively believes that smoking is the best effort to be healthier, do you think this person will be healthier by making what this person calls “effort”? I doubt it.
 As I mentioned, for the aforementioned two reasons, I strongly believe that luck is more important than effort.
(197 Words)

Date:September 08, 2012

メモ

◆ トピック:努力 VS 運

今回は、賛成派と反対派ではなく、「努力派」「運派」に分けて書きました。

努力派では、
「いくら運が良くても努力をしないと何にもならない」
「努力すると、運が良くなる」
「努力するのは、単純に楽しい」
の3つを、キーアイディアに書いてみました。

反論としては、
「努力せずに、運だけで、良い事が起きる事は、いくらでもあるのでは?」
「間違った努力をしている場合、そうとは限らないのでは?」
「それは、努力の内容によるのでは?」
などが考えられます。

運派では、
「努力できる環境や健康があること自体が、運が良いということ」
「努力とは、主観的概念にすぎない」
の2つを、キーアイディアに書いてみました。

反論としては、
「その恵まれた環境や健康をどう使うかは、まさに努力次第ではないか?」
「科学的に正しい主観的努力だってあるのでは?」
などが考えられますね。

これも良く耳にする話題で、非常に面白いと思います。
私は、個人的には、どちらを否定するでもなく、努力も運も、両方、自分の人生に、楽しく活用して行くのが、一番だと思っています。