Who Won A $ 65 Million Lottery

1498 Words Oct 10th, 2014 6 Pages
How many times in your life have you been asked what you would do if you won the lottery? Would you say “I would start by being exploited by manipulative friends and family, then maybe go into an alcoholic spiral, and then ultimately die and untimely and tragic death”? No, you would list the things that you imagine you’d like to do: travel, buy homes in warm places and maybe go back to school. However, let’s not forget Mack Metcalf, who won a $65 million lottery, was bilked out of millions by a former girlfriend while drunk, was recognized by a social worker and chased for child support, grew exceedingly paranoid of those around him, spent most of his time drinking and died at the age of 45, only three years after he had won the jackpot. Metcalf undoubtedly bought the lottery ticket in hopes of happiness and more time to do what he wanted, so how did something like this happen?
During the American Enterprise Institute’s Panel with the Dalai Lama, the President of the AEI, Arthur Brooks, argues that happiness requires more than material prosperity. Likewise, the Dalai Lama tells the audience that a person is their own master and that effort is the key to happiness rather than what Buddha can give. This thinking is surprisingly capitalist seeing that the Dalai Lama considers himself to be a socialist bordering on Marxist. According to the Dalai Lama, money per se is not evil, but the key is whether money is utilized in positive ways, in helping others. He reminds the audience…
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