Mind Games

A mind is a terrible thing to waste.

And a great item to play with.  In fact, playing with anyone’s mind is a great way to build strength.

Kids know this from the start.  The moment they realize they can “learn” things, and that a very powerful learning tool is the question “why,” they begin the WHY game.  That is, they torture adults with an endless series of “WHY” until the adult folds and cries out “BECAUSE.”

The other day I realized that adults can play the same thing with each other.  I call it the “So What?” game.  First you get some adults.  Food, drink, things that relax people are all good.

Next, everyone writes down an item (small cards would be good for this) in the world that bugs them.  Anything goes.

Then one person starts by taking one of the cards and making that statement.  Everyone else asks “so what?” and the person who is “it” has to answer.  The questioners go around in the circle, and when the “it” runs out of reasons, the last questioner gets to go next.

The fun part is seeing where the original so what ends up.  Here’s a for instance.

This bugs me: People who don’t use their turn signal.    So What?

It means they are too stupid or lazy to communicate with others as to what they are going to do.  So what?

It means that I have to work harder.  So what?

It means that there’s a bigger chance that I’ll run into their rear end.  So what?

It means that I’ll have to suffer explaining a rear end to the police and get charged for something stupid that they did.  So what?

It means my insurance goes up and they’ll probably get a new car.  So what?

I don’t want to pay more money for insurance because of the other driver!  So what?

I could use that money for something else, anything else!  So what?

Bleh.  I give up.  And I can’t wait for self-driving cars.  Because, of course, those will solve all our problems.

Of course, there’s always a chance that someone else will complain about … self driving cars.


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