By: Ash Williams
We’re all familiar with Rock, Paper, Scissors.
...or is it Paper, Rock, Scissors?
Players are given three options in an interconnected system of choices and consequences. Rock beats scissors, scissors beat paper, and paper beats rock. It’s good, ol’ fashioned, innocent fun. Or is it?
The rock — blind, uncaring — reigns supreme, destroying everything through brute force. There is no morality, the only thing that matters to Rock is survival.
...Until Paper comes long. Paper is wizened, philosophical. Brute strength is fine, yes. But the higher good is wisdom.
But the paper gets cocky. It loses sight of what brought it to the party in the first place. Hubris takes hold and blinds the paper to the more sinister elements within its own ranks. Wisdom and reflection give way to information and logic. A line is crossed where innovation gets so out of hand that technology begins to actively destroy the wisdom that created it. paper itself becomes weaponized.
Now technology and its virtues are the highest good. Sure, technology seems innocent at first — wheels, hammers, pullies — Mankind values progress above all else, consequences be damned. So we hurdle blindly down the path of technology — the Next Big Thing at any cost. What’s next? Well, technological apocalypse. We finally develop a super technology that we must destroy, thereby learning our lesson.
the rock smashes the scissors.
The game, a closed, zero-sum system of morality, presents any choice you pick with its virtues and its drawbacks . On a small scale, it demonstrates that any decision you make has pros and cons. But on a much larger scale—it speaks to a deeper innate understanding of the human condition. At its heart, Rock, Paper, Scissors is much bleaker. At its heart it can be down right nihilistic.
Amid this battle for moral high ground WerunBigD walked out of the mist armed with a new weapon. This morning there was an alteration made to the age-old mix. What was it you ask? What was this game-changing, mind-blowing, worth-blogging-about addition? Well, it was some Mo’ Effin’ Fun! Courtesy of a little workout group known as WRBD, this morning the consequences of our choices were rewards and gains instead of punishments. There were no victims, only victors! Rock crushed your scissors? Go crush some push-ups! Scissors cut your paper? Plank it off. Paper beat your rock? Awesome! Cause, nothing beats sweating your heart out with this tribe of fun–loving, fitness fanatics!
... or is it fitness-loving, fun fanatics?