The Ovarian Lottery

While complaining about life is common and encouraged, a question to ask yourself is this: Would you play the ovarian lottery?

Warren Buffett
The rules of the ovarian lottery are simple. You have the chance to be reborn. Your soul (or essence, or whatever you want to call it) will be implanted into an entirely new body.

Consider, however, the full implications of being reborn. You don’t get to choose your parents. You don’t get to choose your race, height, medical condition, IQ, or even your gender. You don’t get to chose your country of birth. You don’t even get to choose when you’ll be born.

Playing the ovarian lottery might land you royal parents. Perhaps you’ll ball like a Saudi Arabian prince. Or maybe you’d have been born early enough to come of age during the Summer of Love.

Of course you have to consider the odds. Playing the lottery may also land you tied up to a bed as a sex slave in Moldova. (In the lottery, remember, you don’t get to pick the gender you’ll be born.)

I was born a white male in the United States of America. Despite the many challenges of living in the West, there’s not a chance I’d play the ovarian lottery.

Would you?

If you wouldn’t play the ovarian lottery, then perhaps you should stop complaining about your life and reflect on how privileged you are to be alive.

  • Jason

    I wouldn’t play.

  • flavia

    Aren’t Caucasians the least populous race in the world? And aren’t there like 3 billion Asians?

    My answer is a resounding HELL NO.

    • flavia

      Oh wait, I forgot about Native Americans. I think they’re the least populous. Either way, I wouldn’t want to chance it. Attractive white woman = ovarian lottery anyway.

  • rivsdiary

    fuck yeah, inspiring stuff.

  • JT

    Bro, huuggeeee fannnnnn, but seriously, what are you doing, go back to the original D&P theme… the first one… and go back to posting quality over quanity…

  • CL

    Buffett here is actually making a the case for John Rawls’ “veil of ignorance” for political philosophy. It’s probably anathema to most of the people in the manosphere, but it’s actually probably the strongest argument out there for the a modern, industrialized state with constitutional government. Anyone with access to internet and the ability to read this blog would be an idiot to get in the lottery, or to go back and take the lottery back into any idealized better time. We live in the best world yet. There’s no way I’d have more than a couple sexual partners if I was born into my family 200 years ago.

    Buffet shows his talent at taking something abstract and distant and making it relatable, something that most successful people will be able to internalize, because it allows you to get people to like you and get what you want from them.

    Rawls was brilliant, but a terrible writer.

    • Danger & Play

      Yeah, I took his metaphor in a different direction. Instead of looking at the, “We were lucky and therefore should take care of the unlucky,” I viewed it as another reason to appreciate being born in the time and place we were born.

  • ‘Reality’ Doug

    I comment only because I like and respect this blog.

    (1) Being the least miserable is not being privileged; happiness and fulfillment are absolutes, meaning measuring against the absolute origin of neutral or real zero.

    (2) Buffet is talking complete globalist crap. If we believe in evolution theory as natural and imposed law, then we are not all in this thing called life together. Some are suited for civilization better than others, and some not at all. Free civilization is the most powerful, productive and COMPETITIVE form of human cooperation we know. The premise that we should cooperate as one universal team is mindfuck. Parasites and stragglers have preferences that hosts and innovators do not have, but so what? Humanity advances, achieves, loves, heals with bias not equality.

    • Danger & Play

      Jesus Christ, dude, why don’t you just kill yourself rather than endure this brutal life as a Westerner.

  • Rob

    Adam Corolla just asked a similar question of Mike Tyson. You can listen to the interview over at Grantland.com.

    Like Peter Fonda said in Easy Rider, “I’ve never wanted to be anyone else.” Truth is, I’ve never wanted to be anyone else, even when life was bad. Why? Maybe pride. Maybe delusion. I have imagined being born in a different time, however. Sailing from the Old World to the New World. Conquering and plundering. But no chance would I play the lottery.

  • BALZAC

    Not for a hundred balls. Not for a thousand. Not for ten thousands.

  • Victor Pride

    It is not luck that we are born as we are. We are the sum total of our two parents. Change any one factor and you aren’t you, but a completely different person. It is not as if there is an empty soul factory that puts souls in the bodies of pregnant women. You could not have been born anything other than you. You could not have been born a black woman in Nigeria, and it wasn’t “blind luck” that dictated it. If you played the “ovarian lottery” and were born with a lower IQ, in a 3rd world country, as a female it wouldn’t make any difference because it wouldn’t be you. It would be a completely different person.

    We aren’t lucky to have been born white in the first world. We could not have been born any other way. Without your genes you aren’t you. Different genes equals different person. There isn’t any genetic lottery that lets you be privileged enough to be born white. If you have white parents you will be born white. If your mom shacked up with a black and had a half baby that baby wouldn’t be you. If your parents are dimwitted mongoloids you’re going to be a dimwitted mongoloid.

    There is no luck or privilege involved. White parents, white baby. 3rd world brown parents, 3rd world brown baby. Being born as you are is not lottery, it’s the only possible thing that can happen. To think otherwise is leftist retardation. To think that your soul and smarts could be put inside of a Nigerian woman, and you’d still be the same on the inside, is retarded. You are you and that’s the only possible thing that could have ever happened. If you played this lottery you would die in every conceivable way and a different person would be born.

    • Danger & Play

      At 14 you’re given the chance to play the lottery. You’ll be dropped into some unknown land. Do you take it?

      Being born in the U.S. is a blessing.

      Being born a man in the U.S. is fantastic.

      Being white is great.

      Yet people still complain about where they have been born with the alternatives are so much worse.

      • Tricky

        +1

        After spending time in a fair number of 3rd world shitholes, I vowed that I would never ever ever complain ever again about my living circumstances at any time, no matter how humble they get. Because living here in the US with a few bucks saved up, I don’t have to live the way they do in those shitholes even if my current circumstances are not ideal. Take your standard flush toilet for instance. You’re lucky if you have a squat toilet with a bucket of water and a spoon to clean yourself in those countries. Many people don’t even have that.

        Nothing wrong with wanting better than you have now, but that isn’t a valid reason to bellyache.