Games are intended to communicate information, values, and behaviors. Board games are especially good at this. There was probably a reason someone made the thimble a “Monopoly” game piece. Perhaps that reason is something worth digging up so we can learn from it.
Altruism may spur you to buy me a pack of gum, but it would require selfishness and profit motive for you to *make* me a pack of gum. Even people who *like* me would never go to that much trouble to help me burn off nervous energy and reduce fidgeting.
You generally don’t pick up HIV unless you do something to contract it, and your behavioral choices are overwhelmingly driven by your thoughts and beliefs. The act of doing starts in the mind. And in his interview with Oprah, Danny Pintauro said three things that revealed some disturbing elements in his mindset.
Some people complain about the Electoral College, “My state has been overwhelmingly [political party] for YEARZ, so my vote doesn’t count!” But how true is that assertion? I did some research and, playing the averages, it takes about 25 years for a state to cycle from one political party to the other.
Bill Nye is a former mechanical engineer turned television personality who is credited with making science interesting to millions of children and adults alike. But just because he’s “The Science Guy” doesn’t mean he always gets his science right, nor does it make him qualified to speak on any other subject, such as the morality of abortion.
People who are conservative in a general sense find it especially disturbing how the unintended consequences of government decisions ripple out into economic decisions, which in turn ripple out into societal change. As much as the secular complain about the influence that religion has on society, look at the influence that *government* has on society, and consider how unthinkingly it spends that influence.