posted on Oct, 18 2015 @ 08:37 PM
Turn on the television. Open up your web browser. Boot up your playstation or smartphone and load up a game.
Now recognize that every available form of entertainment involves nothing more than a distraction from reality, with the most immersive forms
consisting of entire virtual worlds designed to encapsulate you fully and keep you from making legitimate moves towards progressing within the
confines of actual life.
Most people unthinkingly surrender their time, their energy, and their motivation towards mastering these faux realities--even if that means making
serious compromises in the real world. And many of those people pride themselves upon their status and attainment within those artificial
environments, bragging about their accomplishments like those feats possess genuine merit.
"I'm a level 70 whatever in my online game."
"I'm head of my guild and undefeated in PvP."
"I just got a rod of smiting by beating the lava lair."
Great, I always think whenever anyone brags to me about their virtual accomplishments. But then I look deeper at what they've actually done with
their lives. And whilst sometimes I find that analysis reassuring upon finding they've raised a happy family and earned a near-executive position in
a giant corporation, other times I find the only things of worth they've achieved have happened within the environ of a video game.
And then I get a little sad--because whilst having fun is important and enjoying yourself is a vital part of life, prioritizing fun and enjoyment over
real sustainable achievements in virtual worlds is never a great investment of time and energy compared against doing things of value within reality.
Because when the game gets outdated or the sequel comes out, no one cares what status or rank you held in the previous iteration of that pasttime. No
one cares whether you had a level 70 whatever or a rod of smiting, because immediately upon popping in the next game, everyone starts anew under a
different ruleset in a new world.
But when this life is over, you're still playing this game. You might be in another dimension or another realm of existence, but rest assured that
your accomplishments attained or opportunities wasted here will still matter greatly.
The challenge of living upon this world exists in ignoring those forays into mindless direction, and instead remaining focused on real goals of
substantial worth. Create something with your time here--write books, make poems, sing songs, engineer marvels, craft new worlds whilst ensconced in
The people who make video games are amazing possessors of incredible creativity. The people who play them unto exclusion of everything else are
missing a valuable opportunity to give back unto reality through crafting their own works of worth.
Am I saying never relax? No.
Am I saying avoid games entirely? Of course not.
But before slipping into artificial environments, make certain you've completed your work in this one.
Then, think very closely about whether you'd gain more from developing your virtual character more--or whether you'd benefit increasingly from
leveling up yourself.