Tonight, Paul and his close friend Loon, are playing/live streaming this game called EVIL DEAD, and in the game Paul’s character “Has found the Light”, something I didn’t quite understand at first (lots of symbolism in video games for you religious types to muse over). Something he failed to do in 3 or 4 other previous attempts in the past when he was dual-role (2 playing) in the same game with Loon.
Now, as a non-gamer “audience participant”, I must say that the video “Game” EVIL DEAD is as violent and bloody as it can be, but for myself and most normal people, it is pure fantasy, something that is purely entertaining and believe it or not, stress-relieving for many gamers who just want to chill out and absorb themselves in a “Game” as a relief from a really rough day at work.
It’s NOT going to drive me or ANY other “Normal” person to all of a sudden in some bizarre insane moment, run out and by a fully-automatic AR-15 and murder 63 people at Walmart and/or at the Baptist Church down the street.
In almost every case, regardless of who the shooters are/were, they ALREADY had “Mental” issues going on way before the mass-murder took place. Issues that in many cases for the younger killers, their parents knew about it, but gave up on trying to heal/restore “Jimmy” back to something close to normal, mentally.
So for all you denouncers, non/gamer / non-educated- in-gaming folks like I am, use a little common sense, do the research like I’ve been doing for a year now, and discover the hidden treasures in video “games” like Loon inspiring me tonight by saying, “The light reduces fear”. I digress.
So, as it played out tonight, I sometimes have what I call a “Technical Question” during their game play. I asked the question, “Is that “Light“ source some sort of rejuvenating force/entity in the game?” And Loon responded, “Yes, each dose of the light reduces your fear”.
Now, I thought to myself, “That same thing as an analogy applies in real life.
For soldiers, they are conditioned/trained to lose or reduce fear in order to survive against an enemy. I’m thinking that reducing fear, for the soldier, increases optimism, and vice versa. “Bravery/Courage” on the battlefield is a result of that soldier being optimistic that he/she will route the enemy and be victorious, just saying.
For a homeless single mother and her two children living in their 1991 Chevy Sedan in East Bumfart, New Jersey….(or wherever),……That mother eventually crawls out of that gutter of despair, because she grew from fearful to unafraid, I.e., she consistently over time, reduced her fear, eventually found work at a child-care facility/home , (taking along her four-year-old daughter and three-year-old son to “Work” every day, giving THEM a better environment to grow up in.
Now, living in a one-bedroom apartment, that Fearless = Optimistic, Optimistically Fearless mother one day gets her law degree via two years of online courses and night school. She graduates, passes the “Bar”, and is hired by a law firm that specializes in human needs, helping their state legislature write and pass bills to make all our lives better in some way or another. Plus now her and her children are living in a $500,000 Townhome.
That once fearful, homeless mother with her children, became FEARLESSLY OPTIMISTIC AND OPTIMISTICALLY FEARLESS…….AND, SUCCESSFUL. How wonderful is that!
I don’t think it’s so much about having “Courage” against an “enemy” in your life, regardless of what that enemy is, but having optimism which does reduce the fear, in general, i.e., BEING optimistic brings on the courage to be less fearful making you ultimately, a winner. Inspired by a video “game”.
Postscript: It’s not about “Hope”, “I hope to get a job soon and straighten my life out”. To me, “Hope” is baseless/fruitless, because you have to actually DO something, like that mother first did. She was optimistic that she would find work, that she would put in a day’s work, and eventually study law which was her strong goal and desire, to better her life and her children’s lives.
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