Emotions flare as people want to convince others to their side in one of the big debates of our time. I say this is useless, but not for any reason you may expect. It’s not political at all, nor is it about freedom, collaborative action, nor about what is true. Sorry. Stop trying to get everyone agree with your opinion. It will never work in this case.
The difference responses we all have to the issue are dictated to us by our own biology. We are wired to respond in different ways, for our own survival. …
I love the art of teaching stories. It’s a sensitive art, and sometimes use them in lessons I offer. These stories are about magic, as I wonder about the nature of it, in our lives. Science is real, but belief in wonder makes life magical. Why about a wizard? Once my students gave me the honorary title of their tribal wizard. I actually used it as a job title for several years. Of the following incidents one really happened. I won’t tell which. Perhaps slowly maybe, I’m learning the art of magic, let alone teaching stories. You tell me.
Like the human body, a community or festival needs a healthy balance to function well. Especially small spiritual or human development festivals and even communities do well to have a fool present. Fools can bring this balance. When things get too serious, they make fun of the seriousness. When certain things get taken too lightly, they’ll drive home the point. This can be an official fool, a lighthearted empath, or a socially fun outspoken figure who naturally fulfills this role.
In his outstanding ‘In Praise of Folly’ Erasmus points out an important side note. There is the idiot, stupid fool…
These are the adventures of a nameless figure with no future. He lives to die in meaningless and violent way for your movie entertainment. Discover the life and adventures of a very special die-guy.
— -The Eat — -
EXT. IN FRONT OF CHEAP MOTEL — PARKING LOT — DAY
Carl, still a bit dressed up in city grey, leaves the Greyhound bus with some other passengers behind him. At the last step he looks around, like he expects to see someone. He looks a bit classic, yet his muscles bulk in all the right places. When he…
Some people are born with a destiny. For a very few that’s being a hero. Lucky them. For many, many more it’s being one of the bad guys, that die through the hands of the hero. So he may fulfill his quest. Nice for the hero. Not so nice for the die-guys. This story tells us about one of them.
I thought it’be an easy job, when me uncle got me across the Atlantic. Join his gang, do guard duty, get shot. Then die. Easy. How wrong can you be?
I’m a simple guy. No need to be educated at…
Can you hear us? We have a message. We are hurting.
Can you hear us? We have some questions. Let’s begin with this. Why would you hurt your neighbors? Aren’t they human like you? Why would you hurt an animal? It feels pain like you. Why would you destroy living beings to get what you want? Don’t you experience the interconnectedness of all life? How can the unreal you call money, be more sacred than life itself? We are hurting.
Can you hear us? This is us, all those voices, who have no human language, no human sound, no writing…
In many science fiction movies there’s an evil trying to kill humans. And destroying the evil often saves the day. Sadly clear evil stopped by clear heroic actions isn’t the biggest issue in reality. The biggest danger to our world is not even humans, it’s a certain mindset. It is everywhere and if not addressed will kill us all. It is a way of thinking that keeps poisoning the oceans, keeps cutting down forests, keeps producing (soon to be)garbage for profits. And those that profit from this mindset are like monkeys with their hand stuck in a cookie jar; they…
This is a partial overview of my social inventions. It’s a showcase to some of my work and an eye-opener of the possible range people can have. If they allow themselves.
Variation is what I love. And it brings the advantage of seeing connections between many fields. It also has led to many different assignments. I helped Italian business trainers in Venice make their workshops more experience-driven. I played king on a real castle. I was asked to boost educational innovation in Ukraine. I offered game storms to make city managers more creative. I helped test an escape room. I…
Any time people deny reality to push an agenda, people end up hurt.
In the political situation around Israel, we have political players who keep defining this conflict in terms that serve their interests or personal opinion. Ordinary citizens die because of that.
This article is not explaining this war or its history. It addresses the media and all the mindless shouting of social media commenters with fire in their eyes.
So let’s clear up some of the smoke.
Israel ≠ All Jews, Israel ≠ All its people, Hamas ≠ Palestine, Palestine ≠ all its people. …
Dear Cai or 蔡林燕 (I assume this is your name), yes,
you are welcome to reprint and (I assume) translate. It would be an honour and I hope an incentive to better games, with a more real world feel. And I dearly hope towards game design, that helps people understand and protect balance of humans and nature much better. I think we need games with that purpose.
As you may have noticed the legal status of the text is CC so nothing stopping you there. And I can dream of being approached by a company that wants my help of applying these ideas in a game. :)
Warm greetings, Floris
Play Engineer. Social Inventor. Gentle Revolutionary. I always seek new possibilities and increase of love, wisdom and play in the world.