Life is a game played on us while we are playing other games – Evan Esar
From the start of our life we are told to grow up. Man up. Straighten up. Behave. We are told what to do. Consciously or unconsciously our parents want us to blend in, be like everybody else. We’re supposed to be nice and have good grades.
Our ‘highly developed’ society has the most bizarre preconceived demeanor towards new members of our tribe. Instead of saying Hi and welcome to the world we are dragging them into a game. The game is all about playing by the rules. It’s our game and our rules. Only we, as adults are allowed to make those rules.
Every sentence is the result of a long probation – Henry David Thoreau
We say to the baby: We want to tell what the rules are, so you could find your way around our world but remember to play by the rules. When you get older you may be able to invent better rules.
Unwittingly we put our child on probation. He didn’t deserve to be a member of society yet. He’s not really a human. It’s like he is just a contender to become a human being. This is a trial with numerous judges giving all those grades, marks and making assumption about the future of the baby.
Man, the living creature, the creating individual, is always more important than any established style or system – Bruce Lee
This notion is supported by the whole system of preparation for life. System of preparation children for the game but never letting them play. We prepare them to sit on the bench until they fully grow up.
We start from putting our child to nursery as a preparation for kindergarten. Kindergarten is just preparation for the first grade. Then you go up and prepare for junior high and the high school.
The next level is college. If you’re fascinated by this system, or if you were told by your parents, or if you’re totally lost and you don’t have the tiniest clue what you want your life to be about, you go to college or university. If you go there expecting to be enlighten, in many cases end up being even more rigged into the system.
If people understood how the economic system works, there’d be a revolution in a minute – Henry Ford
After graduation we want our children to go out into the World. What actually means go find a job and live like everybody else. We get enormously upset if after all those years of preparation our children are still not able to blend in, be mediocre, be vanilla.
They’ve been training for this their whole life. But never had a chance to test their abilities because they were not allowed to play this game. They were told Not yet. Wait few more years. When you get older you’ll understand.
Once they start their first job this story starts from the beginning. They find themselves on probation again. Just watch, learn but play by the rules. Maybe after another 25 years, just maybe, you will climb the corporate ladder and you will be able to make a few new rules on your own. Doesn’t this sound great? Unfortunately, once you reach your destination, your peak, it doesn’t feel much better. It’s not what you’ve dreamed of. It’s not what you’ve expected. It’s all more less the same. Life is the same. Nothing major changed. You’re not happier. You don’t have more freedom. You still have to play by the rules.
Making plans for the future is of use to people who are capable of living completely in the present – Alan Watts
The final preparation in the system is the preparation for retirement. You are told that you will be respected senior member of the tribe. You will have the wealth and all the time you need to be happy. You will be allowed to do what you always wanted to. You will be allowed to ignore some rules.
It’s all well and good but at the same time you will have artificial hip, false teeth, a lot less hair, if any, a lot more irritating diseases, a memory problems and a massive dipper on your butt. Good luck with doing all the things you dreamed off then.
The truth is this system is a skim from the start all the way to the end. You are a sad little pawn being moved in the biggest, most outlandish and ludicrous game of all.
Now don’t get me wrong, I play this game myself just like every other human on earth. What I want you to think about is the notion of playing by your own rules. Break some rules. Go your own path. Be yourself.
Do you really want to play by the rules?