This article is a follow up to an older article featuring a game for connecting with others. You can read that article here.
The Rant Game
The last game focused on shared storytelling as a way of connecting with people you may not know very well. While it could be played with friends, that was its real value. This game which I call “The Rant Game” is different. This is a game for you and your friends to connect and share some laughs. Or to kill some time on a road trip or really whenever you’re bored. Its a fun game.
“I’d far rather be happy than right” – Douglas Adams
Happiness is like a perpetual motivation machine. Those who are happy recognize how wonderful it is, and those who don’t have it are aware on some level of a distinct lack.
Happiness is also mostly about perspective. Anyone can relatively easily BE happy, but most people aren’t. Happiness is simply a way of perceiving the events that happen to you. For instance if two people are both robbed. One may say “The Universe is out to get me, this is everyone else’s fault.” That person doesn’t seem very happy. While the other may say “This happens from time to time”. And then he moves on. Both have been robbed. Both are in the same state, but ones happy and one isn’t. Why? Perspective. How they perceived what happened to them.
Wisdom can be found everywhere. Often wisdom is found where the smartest people have spent the most time applying thought. Historically the smartest people have spent there time trying to figure out the how life works under the banner of religion including Buddhism.
One such man who we know as the Buddha meditated for years and had some insights into the nature of experience. These teachings can be applied today to help guide us to happier more fulfilling lives.
The Four Noble Truths of Buddhism
The first noble truth is that life is “dukkha”. Dukkha (Duke-hah) is typically translated as suffering. Which people take to mean life is bad, or unpleasant. But what the Buddha means is life is unable to satisfy. That ultimately the temporary, transient nature of Earthly existence isn’t fulfilling. But life can be understood differently. Misery and sorrow are conditioned states.
Getting to know people can be challenging. Its not knowing what to ask because you don’t know enough about them to ask insightful personal questions. And it seems the only way to get to know them is by asking those same questions. But read on and I’ll tell you about a fun story based game you can play to smooth out the process.
I got this game from the book “Eragon” by Christopher Paolini. Its a fantasy book about a boy discovering he’s a dragon rider and saving his homeland from evil. The games not even remotely about the book, but I like to give credit where its due.
Every year the number of religious people in North America dwindles. Most when asked why they’re religious will say “because my parents were”. This is a step in the wrong direction. Religion is most peoples introduction to spirituality and to a defined ethical code. These are essential for leading happy lives and its a shame we’re losing them.
Now disclaimer I’m not religious. While adherence to religion isn’t essential, an understanding of religion I think is. Its defined so many stages of humanities growth. And an understanding of it both deepens our appreciation for ourselves and for the cultures of others.