THE GAME OF LIFE w/ith PENNY COHEN, LCSW
While it may perhaps sound like calling life a game is to trivialize it and to risk sounding callus and uncaring, this could not be further from the truth. We as humans play many types of games in life, some harmless and banal and some that can have serious and even fatal consequences.
As we ascend the scale of more serious games we discover those with steeper and steeper costs. You risk injury in many sports and financial loss when indulging in games of chance. War, to examine an extreme example with fatal consequences, may at first be thought of as something else, but it is also comprised of all the elements of a game: rules, goals, strategy, chance, outcomes, gain and loss to name the most obvious ones.
Then there is the mating game, one's career and that of survival for not only ourselves but for all the creatures that inhabit the earth.