In the name of Luck

Adrian de León
4 min readOct 18, 2020

This year has not taught me anything new, but has rather brushed the dust off an old set of beliefs. A belief that life is much less a meritocratic endeavour than a succession of events in which luck plays a decisive role. In the past, this luck was often attributed to elements, gods, or God.

In our secular contemporary society even the word luck contained too many connotations of “magic thinking”. With “reason” and “logic” becoming the unshakeable foundations of our society, words that evoke too much vagueness or suggest a lack of human agency such as luck have been replaced with merit. Hence…

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