Life is a game.
Why? Why do we humans LOVE to play games, and what makes playing games, Human?
First, let’s take a look at virtual reality and game worlds on the Internet. What do you see people doing in these games?
We will see that in the “magic circle” of games, the great majority of people involve themselves in games for the sake of some sort of entertainment – fun, mastery, power, sex, etc. But people also look for and engage in all kinds of relationships with other players in games.
In games, there are areas where people are slaves and others are masters, and willingly decided to be so.
We will see gamers who enjoy the visceral pleasure of head-shotting an FPS n00b out of kill-rage, players that devote 20-hours+ a week to healing and servicing others in a raid, and some who only desire the experience of immersing themselves in narrative and story. In all of these aspects, we experience emotional Universes within games.
In virtual worlds, we will see New Age group gatherings, heavy-metal concerts, bars and dance-clubs, educational and training facilities, and many other recreational and non-recreational activities. We will see beautiful, paradise-like creations and nasty, hellish-like creations. We will see art, music, philosophy; experience exchanges of love and trust among others. We will also see black-markets, gang warfare, and some who enjoy giving and selling pain and misery. In short, we will find everything in games that we experience here on Earth.
Many digital games will require us to kill and fight other players (and non-player characters ) to complete the “win” game-state or to progress in the narrative. In these types of games, the player has to combine their killing skills with creative skills to amass money, assets and power. Although the game encourages such activity, we as players do not have to do these things. No one forces gamers to log-in and become a slave for the day (is it slavery if you enjoy being one, such as being a a raid-leader or leader-board junky?). And yet, we do it. Willingly and passionately. We don’t need to kill NPCs, engage in virtual sex, or crush all the candy-gems for the sake of our survival; we do it because it is entertaining.
So you see, Human Games, especially the games where thousands of people play in the same magic circle via the Internet, are filled with these types of experiences — the same experiences people come to Earth to experience.
Life is a Human Game of the Soul. We also read books, novels, and tell each other myths and stories; all of these technologies give us the same social value, that of having the experience of something extraordinary in our ordinary lives.
Life on Earth is no different from these games in virtual reality. In fact, Life on Earth is one big virtual game. It’s a world where you can learn things, connect, have experiences, grow, evolve, express yourself and relate.
Some people “level-up” quicker and find ways to take other people’s power; this is part of the game too. In fact, slavery and mastery over others is quite popular in games. Look at any player-versus-player (PvP) arena or mainstream media-outlet, and you will see the cycle of master/slaver. Just like in the real Game of Life, the group depends on a leader to lead them. Don’t misunderstand; this is not inherently bad. Remember, in life and in a game, we do this of our own volition for the sake of entertainment. According to gaming guru Jane McGonigal, “voluntary participation” is one of the criteria that makes a game, in fact, a game. The same, too, can be said for being in a virtual world (is Facebook more like a game or virtual world?).
Being a slave in life or in a game is entirely by choice. All anyone has to do is awaken to the Rules of the Game and that person can change his or her world into something completely different. They can take their power back at any time. Remember, that this is something you can do at your present game-level or level of personal evolution. It is here now. You don’t need to “level-up” to the maximum level to take your power back, you just need to realize that all of life is a game and that we consciously engage in it for the sake of our own growth and satisfaction.
You create your own reality. The research to support this can be found in the Law of One concepts, which particularly relate to recent research developments in quantum physics and positive psychology. This research will be discussed further in detail. But for now, let’s look at the rules for the Game of Life.