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Like every question asked, the answer would normally lie between a simple yes or no response. For this question, the answer lies in who the question is directed at. Some people would give an outright no because of the ills which as associated with gambling while some other individuals would say, yes because of the possible winnings that could make from gambling or if a form of entertainment they engage in. another group who would be for gambling, would be casino owner, could be private individuals, the state, a consortium, they run brick and mortar and in recent times online casinos, they would answer that gambling is ethical.
Before we move further into the argument let’s define ethics and gambling to see if these two words can be joined or if the argument lies from the use of the wrong words. Ethics is defined as ‘ the moral principles that govern a person’s behaviour or the conducting of an activity’. Gambling on the other hand is defined as ‘ the wagering of money or something of value on an event with an uncertain outcome’. The primary aim here is the winning of money or something of value.
Looking at the definition of ethics, we can deduce that it relates to the individual’s perception of what is right to him or her. When we relate this definition of ethics to gambling, it is clear that if an individual sees gambling as ethical to him or her, then it is. Well, it isn’t that simple. Taking the words in the definition’ moral principles’, it no longer relates to just the individual. Our moral principles are set by different influences in our lives as we grow. From young age, we are guided first by family to learn what is right and what is wrong. It is instilled into us what society defines as morally right or wrong. This definitions could be further derived from the law or organized religion. With the law, there is a popular questions asked, and it is ’ is the law used to enforce morality?
Although the law is used to ensure that citizens stay within the boundaries set by rules and regulations which guide different societies, when it comes to morals, the law doesn’t have any business on whether it is right or wrong, it would be interpreted according to what the law says. Organised religion on the other hand, says, gambling is wrong. This stand can be understood from the viewpoint of the dangers which gambling poses to most individuals. One major such danger is gambling addictions. Many individuals have lost home, family, jobs, friends, relationships, due to gambling addictions. Some people who suffer from this form of ailment have found themselves behind bars because of the means they choose to feed their habit. E.g. stealing. Other ills which gambling can cause if the rise of crime. It could be prostitution, drugs, amongst others. Organized religions have clear set lines of what is morally right or wrong, so it is quite easy for them to answer that gambling is unethical.
Recent times have seen most states legalizing gambling. This might be a welcome development for some interest groups while some might not be happy. The reasons why states are moving towards the legalizing of gambling is more revenue into the state coffers and also the ability to regulate the operation of gambling establishments. This means that the state has the oversight responsibility over these operations which keeps them in line and curbs abuse of practices. Interest groups which these legislation favours see themselves making more money as they can expand their gambling businesses into more areas. The other hand see the state encouraging morally corrupt behaviour which gambling is viewed as.
Unfortunately , the state isn’t designed to enforce morality. Underneath is all, gambling is business. These establishments are employers of labour, revenue generating industry for some cities. There are certain cities in the world whose source of revenue come from gambling establishments and gambling tourism. These cities are go-to destinations for people who want to combine gambling and vacation. Thousands of tourist flock to these cities yearly for some time at the tables or slots, while soaking in an exciting city. To these cities, the answer to the question would be yes.
Where the argument and disagreement lie with whether gambling is ethical or not, stems from the morality angle of the definition of ethics and also the fact that the outcome of the games played on casinos is never known. The morality argument has been on for decades and will continue to rage on. This is why governments are how firmly involved in gambling operations within their borders so as to regulate the activities of these casinos as there are possibilities of manipulations of games with casinos that are fraudulent. In this case the state authorities can step in to the aid of citizens that have been cheated and help them get recourse. This is dependent on the details of the case, if the citizen is within the law and if there have been any wrongdoing on the part of the casino.
In a nutshell, the decision as to whether to gamble or not rests with the individual. You have to decide is gambling is for you or not. You have to decide what you are willing to stake for the roll of the die or the outcome of the slot reels. Any individual who becomes addicted to gambling is someone who needs helps and currently there are different ways which they can be helped. Advances in technology has made it easy for people to block anything related to gambling from passing through the screens of their smartphones or electronic devices, all with the aid of an app. It is designed to restrict all access to everything gambling related. These are just some of the ways by which both interest groups can be reconciled but ultimately, the individual decides if he want to gamble or not.