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The Game Of Life Is a Risk

Updated on October 5, 2015

The very first thing every human needs to know, to reduce the risk of failing the only one life he has is to understand life and its instructions. If you fail in the game of life, there is no chance to restart, and that is 'Game Over!' Forever.

Turning the pages of my my life into the years of my adolescence, I could still remember vividly how I used to play computer games. Each computer game I played contained instructions that must be strictly adhered to as a guide to success. Failure to comply with those rules would bring the game to an end. The very one thing that often amazes me most about comp. games is that more than one life is usually made available to function. In most cases, is usually either three or five. If you fail on a life, you have the chance of starting on another one. If that one fails also, you will start on the third one until the lives are being used up. At that moment, the computer writes "Game Over!" which indicates that you have no more life to further. What baffles me oftentimes about those computer games I played, and the ones I watched others played is that, in spite of the lives available for use, and the carefulness applied, more often than not, people lose more than they win.

In the game of life, just as we have in computer games, there are instructions to follow as a guide to success. Unlike computer games, there is only life given to us to function, which makes it more of a risk to play than the computer games. Since one's chance of failing in playing the game of life is more certain than computer games, I would rather play computer game discarding the game of life; but unfortunately, the game of life is not optional, but of a necessity.I am surprised at the fact that, computer games, which is less of risk, having more lives to function, is what has been made optional: it is not necessary if you don't play it, but the game of life is inevitable.

If you fail in the game of life, there is no chance to restart and that is "Game Over" for ever. This, however needs to create in you more fear than confidence. The kind of fear I mean here is not the bad feeling that you have when you are in danger, but the good feeling that you have to avoid danger from happening. This good feeling would structure your life to pay more attention to details on life's instructions and would keep focused and active, because life is too delicate and fragile to be confident about. Besides, you have just a life: if you lose it, you've lost it; you cannot gain it back.

In sincerity, the very first thing every human needs to know to reduce the risk of failing the only life he or she has, is to understand life and its instructions. Although the game of life is a risk, it can however be reduced by knowing and understanding its instructions. I read in philosophy that, " without an explanation or an interpretation of the world around us, we would be helpless to deal with reality. We could not feed ourselves, or act to preserve oiur lives. The degree to which our metaphysical worldview is correct is the degree to which we are able to comprehend the world and act accordingly. Without this firm foundation, all knowledge becomes suspect. Any flaw in our view of reality will make it more difficult to live. The degree to which we understand life is the degree to which we could enjoy it and promote our lives and goals. Flaws in following the instructions of life will make it harder to accomplish anything.

Although, everyone knows the importance of learning before acting, but most people don't give their knowledge a check to know if it's objectively right, which often lead people into destruction. Bertrand Russell wrote: " I will never die for my beliefs because I might be wrong"

Do not be like the Sophists whom, in Plato and Aristotle view, were not seeking the truth not only victory in debates. Whatever they have been taught to believe they hold on to as an absolute truth, not constantly reflecting in it. You must continually check the map of your life to be sure its leading you to the right destination. In the book, "See You At The Top", Zig Ziglar wrote, "You can stop a hundred young men on any street and ask each one what are you doing that will absolutely guarantee your failure in life?" After recovering from their initial shock, each one will probably say, "what do you mean, what am I doing to guarantee my failure?" I'm working for success". He continued: " if we follow those hundred young men until they are sixty-five years old, only five of them will have achieved financial security only one will be wealthy..."

It might amaze you if I told you that there is a clear difference between truth and certainty. Although, certainty is the acceptance of a fact without doubt, of course, we are certain when we know that something is true. But, it is possible to be certain and still be wrong. This is because, life is full of mirage and illusion. Therefore, live your life with fear!


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      Diana L Pierce 

      3 years ago from Potter County, Pa.

      Interesting article. It's so easy to talk ourselves out of trying to succeed for fear of failure.


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