“A small man can be just as exhausted as a great man.” — Arthur Miller, Death of a Salesman
“Some people are so fond of ill-luck that they run half-way to meet it.” — Douglas William Jerrold, Meeting Troubles half-way
“I used to be superstitious, but then I learned it was bad luck.” — Steven Brust, Agyar
“Destiny is a good thing to accept when it’s going your way. When it isn’t, don’t call it destiny; call it injustice, treachery or simple bad luck.” — Joseph Heller, God Knows
“I will ride my luck on occasion, but I like to pick the occasion.” — Rex Stout, Might as Well Be Dead
I expected behavioural changes in the rigged monopoly game. This is in-line with the results of the Stanford Prison Experiment. Roles affect behaviour. The plus for me was the circular relationship I saw between entitlement and the need to justify achievements.
Paul Piff shows that people with money feel they deserve it. When we have success, we need to justify it; Our mind finds an answer. The answer tells us we deserve our success: “I earned it, I want to hang on to it and I am better than the less successful.”