The Logical Fallacy of “Playing the Game”, When it is a “Game” that Can Never Be Won:
A logical fallacy is often what has happened when someone is wrong about something. It’s a flaw in reasoning. Strong points of view/reasoning are void of logical fallacies, whilst points of view/reasoning that are weak tend to use logical fallacies to appear stronger than they are.
They’re like tricks or illusions of thought, and they’re often sneakily… and quite effectively… used by politicians, the media, and others to fool people, and used by our own thoughts to fool ourselves.
If you play it only to win then you will miss life completely, because wining is not a part of the game called life. Life is not about such things, and in fact it is not a game at all.
Humans, in many ways, have turned it into a game that we either win or loose, (sometimes draw… when we see that compromise is the only option to really getting what we want), and in doing so we have created so many problems and issues that bring us emotional stress and hardships that need not be.
Subsequently, when things go wrong in life or one is caught up in a predicament they cannot seem to find a way out of, people will often say… “Why me” (to their god) or they will turn to the Universe and ask the same question. Asking the Universe (or some God) for the answer to one’s suffering is either ignorance or arrogance. A person whom has any understanding of the world and is not caught up in the ideas of us living in a game knows that suffering is not personal. Personalized suffering is an idea perpetuated by a species that lives in fear of death and uses ideas of gods to pacify this fear. Personalized suffering is something we all feel at some moment in time because we can’t explain all the things that happen to us, so we take on the role of the persecuted to help us better understand what is happening. Asking the Universe or a God why helps us better process and not feel we are alone in our pain, hardship, sadness, insecurity or non-understanding of what is happening. It helps put to rest fears of a randomness that can sometimes take over our thoughts if we stop to think about this life that we live. It gives us purpose and direction, and hope of something more.
But quality of life is not what one is getting from it but what one is doing with it. Again, as a species we have taken our existence and turned it into a commodity in almost all ways, so we only have ourselves to blame for the hamster wheel we have put ourselves on. We often think we want to stop playing this game, but we don’t know how to get off the ride, and yet we look at others that don’t have what we do and it… scares us… so we continue on in the hope that things will get better (or we look to our gods or the universe for the answers)
When it comes right down to it, it seems to me that if you are obsessed with life, truth is absurd. If you are obsessed with truth, then life is absurd.
Thus is the paradox of our existence.
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