Wednesday, September 23, 2009

The Game of Life, part 1

Have you ever played Life?

It's a board game that is supposed to simulate....life, of course. You get a career, get married, have children and go through life gaining and losing money (selling ice cubes from a glacier, or paying for a house fire if it wasn't insured...), until you reach the end.
At this point, you have two options. I've played it so often as a kid, I still remember the directions: "If you think you have enough money to become a millionaire....if you have little or no money, and wish to become a millionaire tycoon, then put all that you have, your car if you're broke..."

That Life is extremely simple. Your fate is dependent on your random spins. The only decisions you need to make are which road to take (but that's not really a choice, since you just look to see which one give you a better chance on having a kid, and if not kids than whichever gives you more money) and at the end, to become a millionaire or millionaire tycoon (which isn't really a choice either, since you just look to see who has the most money and if you can win).

As you can see, it teaches you very little about how to deal with the real Life.

I wish some decisions for my life ahead of me could be determined by spins of the wheel.


I'll be writing Part Two after lunch, so just be patient.