The Lie of Luck

From Games to Life. It’s not real…

Paul A. DeStefano
8 min readDec 3, 2021

We must believe in luck. For how else can we explain the success of those we don’t like?

- Jean Cocteau

“Luck” and “randomness” are words that permeate our lives from work to play. One can be lucky in love, get a lucky break or best the luck of the draw.

With something so prominent in society, one would think there would exist a more precise definition of it. Luck has some sort of magical connotation that it is something that can be possessed or controlled.

Luck is simply a knowledge that reduces/raises the random nature of a given event.

Quantum science researchers and dark fantasy readers like to call it chaos. Luck is the old-school term. For the sake of tradition, let’s stick with that. Good luck seems to change the nature of an event favorably and bad luck somehow burdens the wielder with the short end of the random deal.

Which would point that the definition of luck may be intertwined in the definition of random.

Random and Luck are simply terms used to cover huge gray gaps of human knowledge and perception. It’s just easy to lump all of human shortsightedness into a blob we call random luck.



Paul A. DeStefano

Author, Board Gamer/Designer. Paul D’s Tainted Dragon Inn on FB for geeky stuff. Represented by B Swanson The Purcell Agency. Riftsiders.