What games we play…. For the Lydians, they originally played games for the right reasons – positive emotions, social interactions, and to lessen the difficulties of food scarcity. And that is great. However, when that did not solve their problem they played one last game to determine who would leave Lydia in search for somewhere else to live. They were in an unfortunate situation, but even back then they knew the answer was reducing the number of people living in one area. They split their population in half; half could stay and gave the other half’s real-life fate to a game. Now, it is pretty well proven that the Lydians, post-18 yr. game play, left with no destination but did survive. In fact, they most likely had a heavy influence on the Etruscans, Roman Empire and civilizations as we know them today. But, is that good? They brought the GAME MENTALITY – game invoked values – into reality. But they weren’t playing for a life and death scenario. It wasn’t about surviving anymore and it wasn’t about the community; they had found new land, new resources and new happiness. And they could cooperate, organize, plan, and optimistically set goals. But, this historic example and the origins of the word **compete, given early on in the book, has made me turn completely away from how I felt at first.  “Games are a sustainable way of life,” WHEN PLAYED FOR THE RIGHT REASONS. (p. 350). But, when Ashley Bell and I were talking, she said “it’s funny how a lot of people who work for big corporations say they feel like their job is a game.” And those office jobs for large companies are the result – hundreds of years later – of increased collaboration abilities. We have brought games so far into our lives – the first thing we teach our children or entertain them with is games.  But the word compete – came from a Latin word which meant to come together or strive. It can sound great when you hear the “come together/strive” but also remember competition isn’t always a great thing. That was one of the main things we listed as a negative aspect of reality. Competition puts a lot of people under pressure or brings out bad qualities. So which way is it? Do we come together and strive because competition causes us to keep trying harder? Or does competition come from large amounts of collaboration? This book really blew my  mind. I wanted to believe and read a book supporting that games are AWESOME AND SUPER POSITIVE for everyone’s lives… but somehow I have read the book to understand that this game-like operative tendency in humans might not be so great. How much more do we want our lives to be like a game before we realize that we have the food, water, air and sunlight that we need surrounding us to survive? Oh, because we need a game to decide who gets what.. Whoa.