By: Heero Yuy
My good buddy, Jims, was the person who first got me to really think about the Game of Life. Beyond a simple board game, the real Game of Life is rather complex and any attempts to simplify it will be met with utter failure. It is what it is. Certain things can be clarified at best so I shall attempt to clarify the two dichotomous aspects of the Game of Life.
My friend Jims’ angle on this game is the following:
“My idea was more of a thought experiment about if life was a game, no one would want to play it, because there’s a lot of broken game mechanics in it. That it would ultimately fail. That the reason it hasn’t [become] free to play is because there’s a lack of competition from other games.”
Jims explains the structure, rules, and dynamics of this game very well when we discussed this topic at large in previous conversations. His above quote implies that the architects of the game has a very fat margin and wants to keep it that way. There is a lack of general competition to keep the game fair and interesting for all people certain people’s starting line is in absolute poverty while others are born with a silverspoon into an affluent family. The only way for the former to advance beyond their starting line is a ton of hard work and an amazing amount of luck and still never touch the starting line of the latter. Such games are obviously very biased, such is life.
The angle I took in my previous post on this topic was more of sarcasm, cynicism, facetious, and blunt. However, I did in very crude terms explain the rough idea of the theory behind the game itself which aligned with what Jims’ discussions. Jims told me that I leave the reader with a motivational and inspiring path that possess the fragrance inspired from heavy basenotes of Capitalism and a topnote of Meritocracy; this is the applied approach in playing the game itself vs the treatise of pure theory.
I felt it appropriate to draw the line in the sand and divide up the two discussions as separate topics and when appropriate intermingling when the music is right for the two to dance as one.
With Freedom and Self-Awareness, the paths to life are infinite. No one’s life is a straight line as it is impossible and boring without the ups and downs that takes us from evaluating the strategies and planning (theory) before going back to playing the game and the actual execution (applied).
While my previous post did have an overtone of Jordan Belfort/Zig Ziglar-ism (Sales/Inspiring/Pragmatic), it appropriately outlined majority of future topics.
- Is the Game really stacked against us or can you actually do something about it?
- Theory or applied?
You decide and à la carte use consume which ever body of knowledge and wisdom when appropriate.
Footnote: Future posts will be tagged with #Game of Life and Titled [GOL-T] or [GOL-A] for Game of Life Theory and Applied respectively.