reply to post by TheUniverse
Ever tried to play a game where freedom is not emphasized or money is not available and had fun? I've never been able to enjoy games where I can't
compete and be allowed to lose. I think it's human nature to identify ourselves through our competition with others. We're always comparing ourselves
to someone else: money, body, mind, emotion, etc. I don't think money or material things can be removed as a source of identity anymore than emotions
can be, or mind.
How we use money and materials things to identify ourselves could be different though from one culture to another. They may have varying amounts of it
in proportion with other sources of identity. For example, it may be a culture that's 50% money and 50% emotion. We use money to purchase things that
we can use to separate ourselves from others and to make ourselves a name. Money and materials things, therefore, are intimately tied together but are
not exclusive from the other sources of identity in any fundamental fashion. This is because all of these sources of identity are finite; there's
nothing infinite in human existence as we will all die. It's a continual struggle to conserve our energies in the fight to form an identity.
And it's possible for some people to transition from money to something else, like emotion. But trading one source of identity for another doesn't
change the need to compete and form an identity. I suspect we will always war one way or another because competition has been bred into our very soul.
Sometimes competition will lead to violent conflict.
A natural conclusion from all this is that to eliminate conflict we must eliminate our need for competition and/or we must find infinite sources of
identity which implies we must live forever. Why do we compete for identity and perhaps other things not covered here? (i don't pretend to know our
sole purpose in life) Perhaps we compete because things are finite, so maybe all of this is interrelated in some way. Or maybe we compete because it
drives us towards improving ourselves, but how can we improve ourselves if things are infinite? Again, it seems to be codependent. Additionally, how
can we have an identity if things are infinite? A source of identity that's infinite implies an infinite universe and it also implies that infinite
access to identity means that nobody has an identity. Finite supplies of sources of identity ensures that separation between entities exists, but an
infinite supply would put that into jeopardy. It's hard to say where all of this leads, natural or not. I'd be a fool to conclude much of anything.
It's strange to me that many of these thoughts derived from my game playing habits. I never thought games would teach me anything about life. Even to
this day I feel they're mostly a waste of time. But when a 99 year old man tells you that the biggest problem in the world is greed after asking him
to sum up this world, and greed has been on your mind because some dumb games you play, then it makes you wonder... If games can do that, what does
that make RL?
REALlife. We all know reality is more painful than games. How much worse is greed in RL? I'll tell you, I know that greed is central to human thought
and behavior because I saw it in games. But the reality of greed is something far more terrifying to me. It's all too real.
Know what else? I'm a greedy SOB and I hide in games to escape my anxieties about RL. What I'm most scared of is realizing that the impulses I
exercised in games, if exercised in life, would no doubt make me a greedy SOB. Could I make those kinds of choices in RL? I don't think I could, but I
don't know because I've never tried. I only that I am a pathetic example for a human being, no matter how you cut it, and I ran with my tail between
my legs into a game world where I can pretend I am someone else and forget that all the while I am residing on earth and it's 2011.
23-7-2011 by jonnywhite because: (no reason given)