First of all this thread is about whether to tell or not to tell ignorant people about poker or maybe which way would be effective. So this thread is not opinions about the morality of poker. I want to clear my point since not everyone seem to get it.
I would be ecstatic to become a poker pro, but I do think that poker is not productive for the society and that it's a bad thing.
"I would be ecstatic to become a football pro, but I do think that football is not productive for the society and that it's a bad thing."
Sounds stupid? Well..
You buy football ticket, watch the match and receive 1 part of fun as a payment for your brain. Professional football players gets your money.
You deposit to poker, you play like a dumbass and get 1 part of thrill and 1 part of fun as a payment to your brain. Professional poker players gets your money.
Whats the difference? How can you not get this?
I mean if you want society where everyone must be 100% productive, then I dont know man.. maybe get a time machine and go to nazi germany?
Being an online small to medium stakes grinder at least (which I have realistic potential to become) is not comparable to proffessional sportsmen, noone will watch you play, noone will benefit from it in any way.
As I said majority of the poker players are loosing players who play FOR FUN, if you compare them to people who watch football FOR FUN, I dont see a difference. And whether the winning player is high stakes professional, mid stakes grinder or someone who plays for extra income as a hobby there is always the loosing player who gets he's FUN for playing, as the same way sports fan gets he's FUN for watching the match. So the halo where the players stand in is not relevant here.
However, obviously I'm just being a nice guy, the reality is most people really don't care wether or not they're being productive and people are grossly unjust if they single out poker pros given a variety of other jobs that are 100% unproductive, but are even respected (stock traders are the one good example I can think of).
Well actually stock traders are productive, since they invest to some company which may have nice business idea and the company with the invested money can make it happen.