As a competitive type “A” kind of person; I lost, and in retrospect; its not a bad thing.
Other than, an ongoing game of Scrabble that I have been playing for about ten years now, I really do not play games. Time is much too precious to me to spend it on frivolity.
I was encouraged by friends to attend a “game night” with family and friends that I fight not to attend even though it is a semi annual event. I do not mind the eating part and the socializing but, as I said, I am competitive, sometimes to a fault. Loosing is not in my make-up ergo I can become a little over bearing in the process. So, why do it?
I do not keep up with trending games and or any other activities where time would be wasted. Not judging you if that is your thing, me personally, if I am not creating or working or helping someone; I will catch up on some DVR things or, a good book or sleep.
The game they had picked out was Cards Against Humanity.
Who dreams up this stuff? At first I was not sure how this was to play out, (no pun intended) but it took no time at all to see that the game appeals to the least human part of us. Or, maybe the most depending upon your take on life. Calvin said that we are all “totally depraved” this game would prove him correct or at least there is evidence that he may have been on to something. From the people who created it to the people who play it.
As a person with a very good vocabulary, I have to admit that there were words that I had to look up. Once looked up; I am just about sorry that I know them now. Most of them came up in the “urban dictionary” and were of a nature that would never be used in polite society.
I would equate this game to verbal pornography. The winners are those that gain the cards that are the most perverse and apply them at the right time so that the reader of such cards laughs the most. The perverse deviance of the situations, and or vernacular make the person who is reading them laugh or provide shock value!
If you have ever added the words “in bed” to a fortune cookie, imagine that on steroids!
Allow me to be totally honest here. I laughed; I laughed a lot. While I could not bring myself to play the cards that might have won, I enjoyed the mutual laughter of the group.
Laughing is contagious. When an entire group of people is laughing hysterically, it is easy to also be amused.
To the cons….
The game really creates mental imagery of a type that I would not want in my head. I do not watch certain types of movies or read certain material, as I do not want that rattling around my brain. Garbage in garbage out is not a bad mantra to employ through life, so I guard what I put in.
After reading to this point, I bet you were thinking that I would not have a pro….
There is a time and place for everything under heaven, yes even this game.
The fault that I mentioned earlier goes along with the simple fact that I take life way too seriously. I do not let my “hair down” so to speak.
This game is so out there that it causes one to “let their hair down” if they will allow it and unbelievably, that is a good thing. Remember, while you are here, breathing air; you are “of this world.” The people who created that game are of this world. Your friends and family who laughed at the extreme R rated stuff in that game are “of this world.”
While I would certainly not make a habit out of this game, or “any game” for that matter, a slight distraction from reality tends to jolt you back into this world far enough to realize just how wrapped up in your world that you are. Your world may not be “the world,” hence knowing what is going on in this world through games like this or yes, R rated movies are not totally a bad thing.
It is like fantasizing. As a child, we fantasized about different things. Some of those may have been about what we wanted to do as we imagined ourselves blasting off into space or driving a fire engine! Some of those may have been about intimate moments with some movie star. Some of us may still fantasize and that is perfectly ok.
The problem starts when you try to make the fantasy a reality.
Living vicariously through football players on the field or John Wayne shooting the next bad person is ok. Remember who you are and you are neither of those people. Movies, much like that game are meant to take you away from this world for a little while. To you ladies out there; there are few who ride white horses and come to your rescue. Enjoy the book or movie but, come back to earth before you walk among the common folks of earth.
-Best to you and those that you care about!
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