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Before People rush to fill the vacancies the new casinos popping up everywhere will offer, they should seriously consider if they can handle the moral conundrum.

If you have moral qualms or religious reservations about working at a gambling establishment, now is the time to consider your stand seriously.

For one, there will certainly be people jumping down from the Integrated Resorts hotel rooms occasionally. Certainly, there will be an increase in loss of jobs, alcoholism, divorce, bankruptcy, and suicide rates.

Christianity taught that one reaps what one sows. Hinduism and Buddhism taught karma. A non-religious but simply moral person will surely refrain from participating in activities that one knows for sure will harm fellow human beings.

In the "The Rime of the Ancient Mariner," a 1796 epic poem by poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge, he suggested that by simply agreeing to an evil will invite retribution on oneself. The poem talked about an old man who lived and suffered to warn others not to agree with an evil deed. Much less should one profit from it.

You might think that those were simply ramblings of a romantic. You might not believe in divine retributions and poetic justice and that is your prerogative. We do not impose our morality on others.

Just in case you consider yourself a religious or moral person, do reflect. Will you be wondering when bad things happened to you, if it was because you worked at the resorts?

If you try to be a good person, do consider if you will go to sleep peacefully every night working at integrated resorts. Those with no such misgivings will rejoice that there will be less competition in vying for the jobs.

If you ask someone what it would profit him if he gains the whole world but loses his soul, he might just turn around and say that he does not believe man has a soul.

If you tell someone that money does not buy happiness, he might turn around and say that he would like to find that out for himself.

It all boils down to the individual.

If you talk to prostitutes, you will find that many entered into that profession due to circumstances. Integrated resorts and casinos create jobs and earn big money, just like prostitution.

When the state sanctions casinos, will the state educate the citizens on the futility of gambling with as much gusto? Will there be conflicts of interests?

The word is that the government is responsible for job creation and the economy. It is not the responsibility for the state to educate its citizen on the evils of gambling.

So far this year, more than twelve million people visited Macau and lost more than four billion US dollars. Macau win as much money as Las Vegas from gamblers.

Last week it was reported that the casinos affected by the Katrina hurricane along the coast in the United States had a record breaking September. The Mississippi State Tax Commission reported that the casinos won and the gamblers lost $241 million in September.

There is no doubt that casinos make big bucks. So does prostitution.

The question is whether the gamblers lost it willingly. The expected increase in suicide rates suggest no. The money is there. The question is do you want any part of it by working there? Will you have a difficult time sleeping at night?
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