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Life is a game, I write to you as a fellow player...

Life is a game that comprises many other games: reality, society, culture, community, family, and so on. The prioritization of these games depends on the individual. The exception to the rule is that we all, by being born, by being human, have signed an agreement with reality; an agreement we may forget about in time, but are bound to; an agreement to keep ourselves alive. BUT, the 'board', per-say, of society's game -- the construct -- has gotten bigger than reality's board. More than half our planet's people live in cities, they say; a perfect example. And so, to -- now we're gettin' real deep with this metaphor -- make a move in the game of reality, let's say, find permanent shelter; you can't just go out into the woods and build a friggin' cabin, because that's illegal and in time you'll get yourself arrested. So in order to lock down permanent, secure shelter, you've got to do what? Pay for it, and to pay for it, you've got to get your hands on some money. Now you can either earn it or steal it; but either way it's the same move in the game of reality: find permanent shelter. If you want to make sure you're shelter is secure, you don't want the cops barging in your door and arresting you for thievery or extortion or whatever you'd have to do to steal money to buy permanent shelter. Instead you decide to get a job and you earn the money to pay for secure shelter. So what I mean when I say "the board" of society is bigger than the board of reality is that you can't just go out into the woods and sustain yourself. Eventually, people will find you and tell you to leave, and if you don't listen to those people, eventually they will come with guns and threaten you and you will have to leave -- all because human excess has diminished our capability to appreciate nature, and to use natural resources effectively and efficiently. We are on the wrong course.

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    Jan 22 2013: my father sees life as a game,he often smiles smugly,as he feels he has the rules calmly memorized...I say nothing...my brother is collateral damage to him,,,a suicide,he obviously didnt get the GAME...I observe all sorts of relationships that occur that have no game like associations,and are essential...but it wont help us here...where our metaphour is taken as truth...regardless of evidence to the contrary...Hate to be a downer,,,,but the first model of the animal system saw it as a kill or be killed model,paid for by the aristocrats...any model that suggested kindness or collaberation as the primary function stood to embarass them...as clearly they were on top for NATURAL reasons...so might makes right was in alignment with nature...even with GOD...Here is my example to life not being a game...motherhood...not a game,winner take all...just hours and hours of selflessness,so unnatural,few are competant at the monumental task..no winners,no awards,,just nessesitiy to not have your project(baby) malfunction...AS a male...you see the world through your own experiences,rightly so,and your truth is this is some sort of mechanistic event,with pawns and quests,ect...If you had the ability to see that how you define something dictates what occurs next...you may reconsider your trendy nomenclature,no crticism,just a thought...e.g.saying the pig is dirty...leads to disgust at an innocent animal...saying life is a game,removes the sacred element and we all scramble for profit at the firesales...consider how you conceptualize something limits your connection to it

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