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Gambling And The Loss Of Morality

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In a recent online poll, people were asked to name the best quality, or virtue, that a person should have. The top three answers were honesty, integrity, and a solid work ethic. Gambling is not an activity that could be described using any of these words. Gambling corrupts the values of the life, replacing them with greed and selfishness. It is a form of theft from taxpayers, encourages the neglect of children and jobs, attracts a criminal element, cultivates laziness and lends itself easily to other societal ills such as alcohol and drug use and prostitution. Gambling undermines the work ethic by offering a “something for nothing” attitude and leads people to profit by causing loss to ...view middle of the document...

While gambling has clearly benefitted some communities, far too many have suffered because of its presence. We cannot let good ends justify dishonest or immoral means to that end. No legitimate government would legalize theft or fraud in order to increase tax revenues; why, then, do they permit gambling?
Problems arise in family situations when a gambler starts ignoring his/her spousal and parental duties. Being absent from home and withdrawn when he/she is home can cause cracks in the family unit. The family may feel inadequate in trying to help the addict, causing an emotional toll on them. Children of gambling addicts suffer because of the lack of parental supervision and sometimes display lower grades and aggressiveness in school. The example being set for these children can lead to their own gambling problems. Howard Schaffer, clinical psychologist and a leading authority on gambling addiction, estimates that sports’ betting is the leading form of gambling among children in grades seven through twelve. (O’Brien, T., (1998) This get-rich quick mentality is in direct opposition with teaching children to avoid unhealthy living and destructive behavior.
Personal health problems can arise, including physical health problems, such as physical pain, sleeping disorders, eating habits, and mental health problems such as anxiety, stress, depression, mood swings, and unexplained anger. They may experience stress-related physical and psychological ill health. Many problem gamblers have the additional struggle of alcohol dependency.
Gambling addiction, also known as compulsive gambling, is a type of impulse-control disorder. Compulsive gamblers can’t control the impulse to gamble, even when they know their gambling is hurting themselves or their loved ones. Gambling is all they can think about and all they want to do, no matter the consequences. Compulsive gamblers keep gambling whether they’re up or down, broke or flush, happy or depressed. Even when they know the odds are against them, even when they can’t afford to lose, people with a gambling addiction can’t “stay off the bet.”
In 1976, $17.3 billion was bet legally; in 1996, $586.5 billion. The $47.6 billion that was lost in legal gambling in 1996 was about $14 billion more that the New York City’s budget, and more than twice as much as Coca Cola Company’s sales in that same year. Judging by dollars spent, gambling is more popular than baseball, movies, and Disneyland combined. (O’Brien, T., 1998) Yet 43% of all Americans have less than $10,000 saved towards retirement, -- proof that our financial priorities are not where they need to be.
I can use a very basic logic argument to present my premises and conclusion:
Gambling is immoral.
It is the business of government to try to eradicate immorality.
Therefore, it is the business of government to try to eradicate gambling.
This argument is a valid syllogism, which means that if you accept the premises...

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