By Paul Brenner
During this full of life and enlightening booklet, Paul Brenner means that treating life's occasions and daily actions as a online game may result in a extra socially useful and powerful society. via compelling feedback and dynamic anecdotes, he conceptualizes all our financial, political, social, and non secular objectives by way of function- play, and demonstrates the contribution this angle could make to the happiness of people and to the systemic welfare of an more and more advanced social order.
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The comedienne Joan Rivers once said that no misery exists that isn’t also potentially very funny. What I am writing about has nothing to do with making silly jokes or making fun of things. A situation doesn’t have to be silly to be joyous. What I am writing about is our attitude. Most psychologists and physicians emphasize attitude as the central element of healing. Yet few remember that our fears, hopes, struggles, and disappointments, and the actions we take to manipulate them, can be playful and even humorous.
To the good player the contents and results of the game are secondary. But while play, religion included, can be a healthy diversion from the real world, the real world has come to be considered a diversion from religion. 12 I read in a number of books how the sacred tends to create tension in people. Sir James G. 13 Neale suggests that sacred stories often turn into superhuman entities, or into relics. 14 I was asked once what I felt when I first beheld the sacred Wailing Wall in Jerusalem. After the Six-Days-War ended in the Middle East, I toured the liberated sections of Jerusalem including the wall.
With it, we lost the groundedness, security, dependence, love, sympathy, and the sense of belonging and unity that family and small communities awarded their members for centuries. We are on our own even within our immediate families, neighborhoods, workplaces, and clubs. For most of us, homes are no longer our castles. The isolation, fear, confusion, and pain are often unbearable. Direct results of that process are depression and suicide among teenagers, a new and alarming characteristic of our generation.