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Let's Play "The Game of Life."

Updated on May 20, 2015

Welcome to a New Game Show

We are so excited that you joined us for our first episode of “The Game of Life.” Thank you! Thank you! Your applause is greatly appreciated. My goodness, settle down. Let’s get started and have some fun.

For those of you who don’t know how this game works, this is a play-at-home contest, so even if you aren’t with us in the studio, you still have a chance to win. Make sure your cell phone is handy because after you’ve met all the contestants, you’ll be asked to vote for the winner by texting in.

Here’s how it works: we will introduce you to a number of United States citizens. We’ll tell you a little about them. When their histories are shared, we’ll ask you to vote for the person who is most important. A nation is only as strong as its citizens, and it is our hope that by weeding out the detritus of society, we can raise the stature of this great country. And who better to judge than all of you?

So let’s begin! We’ll start with Tim Bichsel from New York City, New York.

So many contestants to choose from
So many contestants to choose from | Source

Tim Bichsel

Tim is a single father of two rambunctious toddlers. His wife died giving birth to #2. It’s a tough road for Tim. Child care is not cheap. Tim works two part-time jobs to make ends meet, but from sunrise to sunset, it is a struggle. He pays his taxes on time, has had to use the credit card system, at times, to pay for necessities, and he has no savings.

The grandparents try to help but they are struggling too, so if there is a light at the end of Tim’s tunnel, he doesn’t see it. He has thought of going back to school for a degree, but there are no guarantees that he will find a better job even if he has a degree, so right now he’s treading water and trying to do the best he can for his two young children.

NATALIE THOMPSON

Natalie lives in the Silicon Valley and has a great paying mid-management job for a computer company. She has her 401K, she has stock options, she is unmarried and is on the fast-track for upper-management in five years.

A BMW is parked in the driveway of her 3,000 square foot home. She has a membership to a fitness club, sits on the board at the local art museum, and loves to go boating on the weekends. Life is, to say the least, good for Natalie, and she figures she will be able to retire by the time she is forty-five, and then she will travel around Europe and live a life of leisure.

Is the lady in blue more important than the two older folks?
Is the lady in blue more important than the two older folks? | Source

Bill Porter

Meet Bill Porter. Formerly Lieutenant William Porter of Abilene, Texas. Bill served two tours in Iraq back in the first war in that desert hellhole, and on his second tour he lost an arm when an IED exploded ten feet from where he was standing. From that moment it’s all been downhill for Bill. He came back from that second tour a bitter man. Eventually his wife left him and took the three kids with her. Bill tried to get help from the VA but somehow he fell between the cracks.

Now Bill is on the streets. Home is a cardboard shanty in a vacant lot on 5th and Main, but he’ll have to move soon when the cops make their next sweep of the area. Most days Bill can be found on a street corner holding a sign asking for money, “wounded vet needs help,” but to most who pass by he is invisible.

At one time he had plans. He had dreams.

Now, nothing!

BRIANNE CALLAGHAN

Brianne is the mother of three in St. Charles, Louisiana. She is married to a wonderful man and great provider, and Brianne is living her dream of raising children with love and compassion. She volunteers in her spare time at the local Food Bank. She believes in recycling and helping to save the environment. She home-schools her children, makes sure they are active in sports and the arts, and can’t imagine a better life.

Outside her home is an American flag which she proudly displays. She loves to work in the vegetable garden, believing that organic foods are the only sensible eating choice. Her entire extended family is important to her, and she often organizes get-togethers on holidays and birthdays so her children can understand the importance of family.

How do we choose?
How do we choose? | Source

Josh Taylor

Mr. Tayler is a CEO of a Fortune 500 corporation. Man alive, life is good and it’s great to be Mr. Josh Taylor. How cool it is to walk the streets of Chicago and have everyone know his name. Josh can’t remember the last time he struggled. Right out of Harvard Business School he landed a great gig, and from there his meteoric rise in the business world was predictable.

Work harder than anyone else; be smarter than anyone else; locked and loaded and take no prisoners; those are the mantras that has taken Josh this far in life, and he sees no reason to mess with a winning formula. He works fast, plays fast, spends fast, accumulates fast, and heaven help anyone who gets in his way.

LINDSAY BILLINGS

Lindsay is a hooker. There is no pretty way of saying that, is there? She works a street corner on Madison and Fourth in Seattle, Washington. Her pimp’s name is Clyde the Sly, and for the most part he treats her well. Rarely does he hit her and when he does, she figures she deserved it.

Her normal workday is four or five tricks at fifty per. After Clyde takes his share, Lindsay is left with fifty if she’s lucky, and lucky has never been associated with the name Lindsay. Born and raised in Los Angeles, California, Lindsay ran away from home when she was fourteen to get away from a sexually-abusive step-father and she’s never returned. She doubts her alcoholic mother even misses her.

As the day ends, Lindsay takes her fifty, buys dinner at the café down the block, then scores some crack to get her through the night.

Matthew Burnett

Mr. Burnett is a United States Congressman. He has been in our nation’s capitol for…..oh never mind. A politician is never going to win this contest.

Who is the Most Important?

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And Now You Vote

And those are our contestants today. Now we turn it over to you, the audience. You only get one vote, so make it count. Who do you think is the most important person in this group? The winner will be showered with gifts. The losers will be, well, losers. No reason to sugarcoat it, is there?

Remember that our goal is to form the strongest nation on earth, and the only way we can do that is to weed out the undesirables. Please take a long look at each contestant. What are their strengths? What are their weaknesses? How can each benefit society? How does each harm society?

You can vote using the handy poll inserted on the right side of this article, or text your vote to 123456.

Thanks for playing “The Game of Life” today. We hope you tune in next week for our next exciting competition.

Remember: America is counting on you!

2015 William D. Holland (aka billybuc)

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      Janine Huldie 2 years ago from New York, New York

      Bill, I wouldn't be able to pick as each has their own unique perspective, story and voice, but together I think they could do a great job of bringing a more equal change at least in theory. Yet still not, but thank you for this much needed food for thought her. Hoping you are having a great day so far.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Janine. Your answer was the perfect one, my friend.

      Happy Wednesday to you!

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      Rebecca Mealey 2 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

      Good message here, and I really like the three song choices. We are all equal.

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      Buildreps 2 years ago from Europe

      Very nice Hub, Bill! I voted for Bill Porter. Why the heck is this guy living on the street? Incredible!

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      breakfastpop 2 years ago

      They are all important to me, except for the politician!

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      Lawrence Kitzmann 2 years ago

      Awesome job my friend of presenting our condition from a unique perspective but all to real. I can't pick a winner but a looser comes to mind. Goes along beautifully with a book I'm currently reading. You do know how to bring it home and make it real.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Rebecca. I know I'm singing to the choir here but I'm glad you enjoyed it.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks Buildreps! We have a lot of Bill Porter's living on the streets here and it is sadly incredible.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I'm with you all the way, Pop! Thanks for the chuckle. Somehow I knew you'd say that.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks Larry! I can always count on a visit from you on Wednesdays, and I appreciate it.

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      John Hansen 2 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Very creative Bill and quite a fun hub, although I know the underlying message is serious. Voted for all of them as equally important..."all men are created equal..etc" even though some may consider themselves more important. Voted up.

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      Jennifer P Tanabe 2 years ago from Red Hook, NY

      Love it! "Weeding out the undesirables" sounds like a terrible way to form the greatest nation on earth - well, I guess a few have tried it already. Everyone is valuable, we (the people of the greatest nation on earth) just need to figure out how to help each one contribute their strengths. And, unfortunately, we might even need politicians, so we have to keep that Burnett guy too!

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you John! I had fun with this but yes, the underlying message is one that is important to me.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you jptanabe! Unfortunately you are correct: we have to keep Burnett as well. :)

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      Zulma Burgos-Dudgeon 2 years ago from United Kingdom

      Good intro you got there, Bill.

      Hmmm...there are at least two I wouldn't pick. But the others...it's a toss up. They all bring something unique and valuable to the table. How about we just divide the prize equally among them remaining choices?

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 2 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Bill,

      And the winner is . . . . each and every one of us. We all bring something unique and special to the table of life. Enjoyed this very much my friend. Sister Sledge brought me back, went to see them in concert here in Dublin and was a real fan of their music. Thanks for the memories and the message!

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      Marlene Bertrand 2 years ago from Northern California, USA

      It's amazing that I know each and every one of the people in your story, but with different names. I voted, but like in real life I won't say who I voted for; it might cause a war. Anyway, I'll return to see who America picks. This was fun, Bill.

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      Nell Rose 2 years ago from England

      You never fail to amaze me Bill! you always come up with something that makes me think. Yep they are all important in their own way. Whether we like them, hate them or feel sorry for them, each and everyone is unique! great read as usual!

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Zulma, that would work for me. I can live in a world where we are all winners. :) Thanks for visiting me on this Wednesday. Have a superb day.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Oh wow, Suzie. I never saw then sing in concert. Great memories, I'm sure. Hey, Irish, thanks for the visit. I hope you're doing well on this sunny May morning.

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      Shauna L Bowling 2 years ago from Central Florida

      Wow, Bill. You didn't hold anything back on this one, did you? I have a couple of favorites, however I'd eliminate the politician right off the bat.

      Someone I'd like to add to the ballot is Sawyer Fredricks, winner of The Voice. He's a sweet farm boy who'd never been on a plane, never been away from home, never had singing lessons and is now living his dream. I love his sound and love his message. He's bringing music back to what it once was in the days of Bob Dylan, Dan Fogelberg and many other great folk artists. Go Sawyer! :-)

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Marlene. I always pull people from my life to play my characters, so I know all of these people as well. Thank you for reading their abbreviated stories.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Nell! That's the message I was shooting for. I'm glad I hit my target.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Sha, you and me both. That kid is infectious. I love his sound, a sound that has been missing from music for a long time. He reminds me of a young Arlo Guthrie....yes? I'm glad he won. Now I want him to be wildly successful in the business.

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      Audrey Howitt 2 years ago from California

      No fair Bill! Although I like the variety of characters and how you have drawn them!

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      Ruchira 2 years ago from United States

      Loved this new concept, Bill :)

      Although, I found equally important in their own way! so could not vote for any one in specific.

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      Larry Rankin 2 years ago from Oklahoma

      Existence is sad because we are restricted to one at a time and given a limited amount of time to explore.

      I have been so depressed lately lamenting the people I have lost, not just to death but to the circumstance of changing interests and responsibilities.

      Why must life be so haunting. Everyone's existence is of equal importance, I suppose. Whether that be to the net worth of something or absolutely nothing, I just don't know.

      I'm not totally sure if I'm even making sense right now. Thanks for another thought provoking read, Bill.

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      Denise W Anderson 2 years ago from Bismarck, North Dakota

      Wow! This is like playing Russian Roulette with our minds! I see myself in all of these scenarios, and who would vote to get rid of me?! We all have our strengths and weaknesses, and we like to think that we are doing the best that we can. Unfortunately, others might not see it that way. Thanks for an eye-opener!

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      Brian Leekley 2 years ago from Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA

      I voted for Brianne but it was a toss-up between her and Tim. They were the only ones with some concern for others. I love them all but admire those two the most. I would admire Brianne even more if she would do some community organizing and volunteering and Tim even more if he were to try to do more than tread water.

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      Eugene Samuel Monaco 2 years ago from Lakewood New York

      Hi Bill, Wow you sure know how to make people think. In my opinion they are all individuals of equal importance, and each will have their own struggles within their lives. Although I would leave out the politician.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Audrey! I didn't feel like being fair today. LOL

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Good for you, Ruchira! I didn't want you to pick one of them. Thanks for playing along.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Larry, you are making quite a bit of sense and I thank you. I loved that you are contemplating those things. Give me a thinking man who feels life and I'll show you a friend of mine.

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      Jeannie InABottle 2 years ago from Baltimore, MD

      Very interesting hub, Bill. Of course, no one should pick and choose. I just wonder who might try to text you at 123456 about it. ;-)

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Denise! I love your reflection on this piece, exactly my thoughts as I wrote it.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Brian. I love to hear the thinking process behind choices. I appreciate you sharing yours with us.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks esmonaco. If I had to leave anyone out it would be the politician, but I'm afraid my bias is showing right now. I'm not too fond of the work of our politicians as I write this.

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      Eric Dierker 2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Ha ha, you cannot make me choose. Sure glad I do not have to. It is so hard to look into a person's heart by just reviewing the outside of them. In life I have judged a few wrongly and wish that it were not so, but I learned well not to do that. This was an excellent opportunity to take the time to look at my worth. Thank you.

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      William Leverne Smith 2 years ago from Hollister, MO

      Very creative. Thanks for sharing! ;-)

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      LOL..Jeannie, I thought the same thing. I hope no one falls for that and actually tries.

      As always, thanks for the chuckle.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Eric and I'm glad I couldn't get you to take the bait. I try to take a look at my worth from time to time. It's not always an enjoyable thing to do. :)

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you, Bill. I appreciate it as always.

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      Catherine Giordano 2 years ago from Orlando Florida

      You are a master storyteller. I couldn't choose because each person had a compelling story and every person is important and makes a contribution to the society.

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      Heidi Thorne 2 years ago from Chicago Area

      Okay, I'm a can't-decider. I'm guessing this is a social experiment to be used as fodder for another hub or article. We'll watch for that one. :) Voted up and interesting!

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      Ann Carr 2 years ago from SW England

      Of course we're all equal. Trouble is the government think that's not true (though they say they believe it is true). The biggest worry is that the public would vote on this and not realise that it was a farce!

      Great message, well delivered, bill.

      Ann

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      Deborah Neyens 2 years ago from Iowa

      I was going to vote for Brianne because of the organic vegetable garden, but then I saw the final option. However, had you thrown some chickens into the mix, I would have voted for Brianne for sure! :)

      I love this social experiment, but kind of wish you would have forced us all to pick just one. Now that result would have been really interesting to see!

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      Sally Gulbrandsen 2 years ago from Norfolk

      Hi Billy

      Interesting, I think I would have voted twice, but then you did not give me the option. I think we probably both know which way I voted, it takes one to know another:)

      Sally

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      manatita44 2 years ago from london

      Pretty interesting one, Bill. Well-written, pretty creative and funny too. I like this new and fresh approach.

      I tend to believe that we all contribute something in one way or another, but I went for Brianne, on the basis that duty, wholesome thoughts, and a concern for the environment can only help the country. And after all, she proudly displays an American flag. I look forward to more of this with great interest. Much Love.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you for the compliment, Catherine. I'm very glad you liked it and I like your choice.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks, Heidi! You give me more credit than I deserve. Maybe there is a follow-up...maybe not. :)

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Ann, I love your last thought. I actually was concerned with that...that someone would take me seriously on the voting thing. :) Thanks for your input. Have a great week as it comes to an end. Sunshine here.

      bill

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Deb, I don't know what I was thinking, leaving out the chickens. :) I kind of wish I would have forced everyone to choose, too, now that you mention it.

      Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I think I know, Sally. Looking back, I would have written this differently but oh well, the point was made.

      Thank you as always!

      bill

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Manatita. Interesting choice and reasons on your part. Thanks for playing along. I'm not sure there will be more but who knows? The muse may speak to me again on this topic.

      peace always

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      Bill De Giulio 2 years ago from Massachusetts

      Hi Bill. What an interesting and fun hub. Great idea. We are all created equal no matter where we are in life. The only undesirable I would weed out would of course be the politician, they never contribute anything and they certainly never get anything accomplished.

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      Molly Layton 2 years ago from Alberta

      Gaaaaaahhh! It's so hard to choose. I know the whole point of this Hub is that we're all equal, but it's something interesting to think about. Lindsay Billings would be the most interesting to write in my opinion.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Bill, thank you. I happen to agree with you about those politicians. There are only about five I find worthwhile. That's not a good percentage considering the size of government. :) Thanks my friend.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Molly, thank you. I know, tough choice for sure. Lindsay would be interesting to write about. Maybe I'll give it a go one of these weeks, if you don't beat me to it. :)

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      Molly Layton 2 years ago from Alberta

      It's your character. You've got dibs.

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 2 years ago from The Caribbean

      Creative and challenging! In my humble opinion, each has to figure out his or her own worth and treat the rest as if we all have similar value.

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      FitnezzJim 2 years ago from Fredericksburg, Virginia

      Natalie should marry Tim, hire Bill as butler or gardener, and hire Lindsay as maid.

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      Linda Lum 2 years ago from Washington State, USA

      Wow Bill! How do you do it? Just when I think I've seen everything from you that could challenge my sensibilities, you do it again.

      I know that most will probably toss aside the politician, but hey, he might even have a redeeming quality or two.

      The bottom line (as you know) is that we are all of value. All of us came into this world in the same way, and that is the great equalizer. What we gain, what we amass has nothing to do with our value.

      What is in our hearts, where only God can see, is what really matters.

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      Clive Williams 2 years ago from Nibiru

      very interesting billy. life is all that matters

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      Michael-Milec 2 years ago

      Oh, William D. Holland my friend great anticipation, you have inspired an ambition to live longer than what left in my earthly walk (approx.40 yrs) just to see "formed strongest nation on earth." It would probably be a first success of a 'goodwill men' in this 'The Game of Life." A beautiful though tough game played by constant ' new' rules and self-appointed rulers never able to learn and separate themselves of self appointed idiocy... Our hero Bill Porter is perfect illustration from very beginning of his fate to the present proving a point what I meant to say... Choose him or any other 'hero' of your story would be injustice to the rest of human beings created as unique individuals to spend earthly journey with purpose and design... There has been an attempt to renew this purpose for humanity by physical entering of the Creator into our human realm to rescue , only by accepting the Truth an live it... Opposition is apparent, and as I read it there is a utopia ahead of us ' to weed out the undesirable' in this game of life ...( It is written what is to happen eventually)... " Let both grow together until the harvest..."(Book of Matthew.)

      Meanwhile this game of life will be played happily and successfully as is done by that of Tim, Natalie, Brian, Josh, Lindsay and many more - including me...

      Voted up,beautiful, interesting.

      Good night and blessed every today and tomorrow.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks Molly! I'll try to do you proud. :)

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I love your answer, Dora! That may be the perfect answer so far. Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Fitnezz...LOL...love it! You've taken a philosophical exercise and boiled it down with pure logic. Thanks for the chuckle and for playing the game.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Linda! Every once in a while I am really motivated to push the envelope and stretch the limits. If I didn't have this fascination with writing mystery novels I'd do more of these. I appreciate your kind words and your vote.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Clive. I like your simple truth.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Michael my friend, a humble thank you is all I can give you. I am growing tired and a pinched neck is preventing me from going on tonight. So, I humbly thank you, and send you blessings today and always.

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      deergha 2 years ago from ...... a place beyond now and beyond here !!!

      Hello Bill, very creative hub. Every one seems to be very unique in their own way as many friends have already said above.

      To go with the game, I would vote for BRIANNE CALLAGHAN. Organic vegetable, environment conscious and a mother to focus for the betterment of her child....a conscious citizen and caring for the next generation as well. Thus my vote will go for her.

      Bill also would have got my votes provided you have given an option for two votes...LOL....then I liked to know about Tim as well. True brave single father to work so hard for his children. Lindsey as well ....but my only vote can serve Brianne as per your direction.

      Thank you for this interesting game. Shared and votes up interesting.

      Deergha

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      goego 2 years ago from Loserland

      I think diversity is most important, so all are needed??? Jack paysack... That is my final answer

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      Nadine May 2 years ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

      As I was reading your post I wondered if you were preparing your readers for a new novel! It would be an ingenious way, but then there would be at least one or two main characters. True we are all totally equal within the human game, its just the roles we play that seem to create some form of separation.

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      Mary Craig 2 years ago from New York

      How true! A compilation of what makes up America. The good, the bad, the ugly...the lives people live. Some have a choice, some are dealt a hand they can't change. Nothing makes one better than the other. We are all in this together and the sooner mankind realizes it, the sooner we can make this a better place to be.

      Voted up, useful, awesome, and interesting.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks for playing along, Deergha! Brianne did quite well in the voting. I had no preconceived notions regarding the voting, so it was interesting.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Final answer it is, goego! Thanks for playing and I love your comment about diversity!

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Nadine! No, no new novel. I have my hands full with the series I'm working on, but I like your concept.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      All very true statements, Mary. Thank you for your views on it, views I happen to believe in strongly.

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      Maria Jordan 2 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

      Bill,

      I felt as though I was with a group of friends sitting around a fire and you were spinning this 'wheel of importance' for us in your thought provoking game.

      As a nurse, I voted we are all equal in importance. I know, in my heart, some of us do not choose to fully use our gifts and strengths.

      Wow, this game could take you on quite the excursion if you thought about it...hmmm...? Love it...shared and voted UP! Love, Maria

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      Shannon 2 years ago from Texas

      Bill, I think this is one of my favorites from you! It's so cleverly done. I kept reading with a game show host voice in my head. You know, in the older style, much as I am sure you intended. It helped aid the touch of humor you provide.

      But it is also a thought-provoking look at issues in our society as well as within ourselves. I said I can't choose, because I can't. It rather disgusts me the way we have become such a self-serving society. Everyone has feelings and we all bleed the same.

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      Paula 2 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      bro....This is simple. At least it should be and how I wish all people would see how cut and dry it truly is.

      No one life is more or less VALUABLE than the next, nor more or less worthy. We are each as important and special as the next....all entitled to have our place and time on this earth.

      While we have our numerous differences and individuality, we are just as important and necessary as one another.

      Whoever we are, where ever we exist, whatever our calling in life, no matter our achievements or failures, talents or disabilities....WE ARE all human beings. We come into the world the same, want, need and hope for our share of all the things this world offers and live, work, play & strive accordingly.......

      We all live, love, bring forth life, cry, laugh, dream & despair.....as flesh & blood mortals....and one day we shall all pass from this world.

      Our goal should be to leave this world a bit better, happier and more loving than that which we found it.....for all who come after.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I'm glad you enjoyed it, Maria. Just food for thought on this Thursday morning. The responses are interesting and that's what I was hoping for. Thank you as always. You are a treasure.

      love,

      bill

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Shanmarie, I love your last line...we all bleed the same. Rich man, poor man, in the end, we all go six feet under. Thanks so much for your visit and kind words.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Wow, Sis, that is exactly the eloquent response I was hoping for and thinking about when I wrote this. So nicely stated my wise friend. It does seem so simple, doesn't it? How do some people get so crooked in their linear thinking that they can't see this simple truth? I don't get it. Do I hang out with hooker and have the homeless over for dinner? No! Do I look down on them as less than me? Never!

      Thanks for the clarity and heartfelt comment, Sis!

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      Catherine Tally 2 years ago from Los Angeles

      Good morning, Bill. Enlightening hub! I've always felt that we should all be a bit more humble and non-judgemental because we never really know what's behind a person's circumstances. Often, we are dangerously close to events that could turn the tides. Wishing you a great day:)

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Cat, good morning to sunny Los Angeles! Humility? I think the world could use a whole lot more humility. My goodness, most of us are one event away from financial ruin, and few can stand proud and say they have lived a life free of poor decisions and actions. I'm with you all the way, my friend. Thank you!

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      Mr Archer 2 years ago from Missouri

      How do you do it, Bill? You present people in one light, then allow us to examine them in the light that exists within each of us, in order to get us to look at people as they are, not as they present themselves to us. Be they rich or poor, easy life or hard road, on top of the world or under a rock: they are all Human Beings; people; individuals: equal. Equal in importance, equal in our respect, our love. Whether they deserve it or not, whether they realize it or not, whether they respond or not. We need to take the upper road and treat others as such.

      Very profound, and the content is far more important than many of us realize. Thank you Sir.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Mike, thank you my friend. I draw inspiration for articles like this one from my own petty mistakes in judging people. I've made enough wrong judgments to last a lifetime, and I'm guessing there are others out there who understand from personal experience. I really appreciate your kind words and I love your reflection.

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      The Examiner-1 2 years ago

      That was interesting Billy. I did not vote for anyone since we are all considered equal by Him. I read about everyone and I cannot help but feel sorry for some. Even a few who were doing well. I voted up, shared and pinned it.

      Kevin

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      FlourishAnyway 2 years ago from USA

      You should throw the abusive pimp in there and see if the answers change. Most people are good, but honestly if push came to shove there are some who would be tippy top of my list to throw overboard. Don't hate me,

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      drbj and sherry 2 years ago from south Florida

      This is a serious and thoughtful essay, Bill, and more than worthy for contemplation. And I don't write that phrase for every pretty, er, handsome face.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Kevin! I appreciate you playing along and sharing your thoughts. Have a great weekend.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I'd never hate you, Flourish. Thanks for sharing your thoughts on it....I love honesty.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I know you don't, drbj, and I appreciate it greatly.

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      Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

      What fun, Bill, to get us all thinking! We are all important no matter what our socio-economic status is no doubt. Aw, that first one with the young male widow and two young children, struggling, actually reminds me of my son and his three children, however, his first wife did not die ..my son lived with us (two children at the time) after his divorce for 18 months during the time I had breast cancer. He had custody. He is brilliant and should go to college, but ...mouths to feed. On another note, I am always tellings those who think they should treat people who hold a high public office different than they treat everyone else ...sure respect, but I always tell them ...I believe they put on their pants one leg at a time just like everyone else LOL. Plus, they are just public servants. We pay their salary! I try to be mindful to treat everyone the same.

      Peace and blessings always

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      Suhail Zubaid aka Clark Kent 2 years ago from Mississauga, ON

      With so many talents and experiences, a nation should have only gone upward in prosperity. However, this is not the case. So some things or, better, some people are stopping the nation to rise to its optimal potential. I believe I know who these restraining people are and I know that you know who these people are.

      These are the people who prefer form over function. By definition, putting form over function means you make it harder to perform whatever task is supposed to be performed. You wind up with a lot of icing and no cake.

      We can chant the slogan of "democracy is the best form of Government" and that "Democracy is the rule of the people, by the people, for the people" day and night, but unless we put function before the form, all of our characters will fall short of reaching their potential.

      Democracy is not an end in itself, as all our rulers sing that mantra for us all the time. It is a mean toward an end, a happy end, an end where each individual reaches his/her potential, and is considered important.

      This group of people, aided and abetted by their ilk, has made some of us very important at the cost of others and vice versa.

      Humbly submitted,

      Suhail and K2

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Faith. Your son is a great example of the struggles so many are going through today. As for public servants....I hold them in the same esteem as I do other human beings. No more and no less.

      blessings always my friend.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Suhail, thank you for some brilliant words, words I agree totally with. Icing and no cake...the perfect metaphor for this country. Wonderful reflections, my friend.

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      Karen Szklany Gault 2 years ago from New England

      Hey Bill...great hub setup...and very thought-provoking! My daughter and I enjoyed the "Ebony and Ivory" clip, too. :0)

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks Mama! I hope you are well and I'm glad you enjoyed the video. Have a great holiday weekend.

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      mckbirdbks 2 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

      Bill I see this as a clever ploy to develop characters for your next book. I understand writing a series of books is tough (or impossible for most of us.) A little matchmaking and other interference and this group could really form a strong alliance.

      Seriuosly, look at the response you have received from this thought provoking piece. No reply necessary - you must be exhausted.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Mike, in order for it to be a clever ploy, one must be clever. LOL I'm afraid I might not meet those requirements. However, I do like the idea of these characters in a book. Thanks for planting the seed.

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      Martie Coetser 2 years ago from South Africa

      Hi Billybuc

      All of them deserve a main role in a Bill Holland novel. But I must say, I thought you were describing a few hubbers. Are we not all pretty unique?

      Voted up and inspiring :)

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Martie, thank you! Hubbers? I don't know if I'm that subtle. LOL

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      Lawrence Hebb 2 years ago from Hamilton, New Zealand

      Bill

      I know whom I wanted to "cheer for" but asking who's important or the most important? That's a different story! What do we term as important? Money? Family? Achievements? Power?

      I'm glad that God sees us all as important, and so should we.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I'm glad too, Lawrence. I was cheering for a couple of these characters as well. I appreciate you sharing your thoughts.

      bill

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      TripleAMom 2 years ago from Florida

      Importance can mean a lot of things. Some of your characters are "important" because of the positions they hold, some are "important" because they teach us how to fight for our lives or the lives of others. I agree with the others that there are no people more important than any other. Great thought provoking hub.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Mom....just food for thought on this Sunday. I'm glad you enjoyed it.

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      Deb Hirt 2 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Without even looking at the results, I couldn't even fathom such a game, but some people do this to one another every day. We have not really changed as human beings, from the day of the coliseums.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      My tendency, Deb, is to agree with you. If we have grown as a species I fail to see it, and I find that profoundly sad.

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      Rolly A Chabot 8 months ago from Alberta Canada

      Hi Bill

      Love the poll and meeting each person. The choices were hard but I leaned to Bill Porter for his sacrifice he made for his country. It is sad to think he would end up homeless without any hope. Each person is deserving of a vote as they are all contributors to a successful nation, morally each needs recognition but I always stand up for those who are rejected. Such a shame when you think of what he has given up. Recently as I entered a restaurant a young man sat on the curb in tears. He had been refused entry because he appeared below the standard of what management had set. I invited him in as my guest, an argument ensued with management. I dropped the name of a well known media broadcaster and the television station name known for covering such stories. The owner relented and attempted to place us in the far back corner... lol... you guessed it I insisted on a table right in the middle of the room... The young man ate a great meal that night and a bond was formed. I made a few calls, called a favour from a friend with a small manufacturing company. Today Todd has married, has a young child and is the foreman on the floor in the plant. No matter the holiday I still get a call of thanks... can we love no matter... you bet as long as we place ourselves in those shoes or maybe have been in them ourselves and understand.

      Blessing my friend

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      Bill Holland 8 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Rolly, that story of yours is an article waiting to be written. I hope you share it publicly so all can learn from it. Thank you for sharing it with me...simply beautiful, my friend.

      hugs from Olympia

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