It is my experience that there are certain qualities that define virtually all human behavior. One of these qualities is to strategize ways to maximize our untapped potential and do so at the lowest possible physical, emotional and economic cost especially when interacting with others people. To a young millennial this is nothing more than a “lifehack”. To me it is more accurately described as a lifehack game because game thinking is the most effective, efficient and productive way to achieve this goal. Looking for a short-cut is one thing; doing this by mimicking the thought and behavior patterns we exhibit when playing games is something else altogether.
As I have stated earlier one way to view these human thought and behavior patterns is as a game. In such a game the more one who prospers at the lowest possible cost to themselves and others wins. Prospering does not need to be defined in financial or material terms. It can relate to emotional well-being, clarity of thought, service to others and many other ways.
Much of life is driven by sets of ideas and numbers that describe the past, present, or future states of things, particularly strategic interactions between two or more individuals or groups (players) in situations containing set rules and outcomes. Game theory is the process of observing these interactions and modeling them to make effective decisions. Applied Game Thinking is a simplification of these ideas.
In life we often model or copy what we have seen or experienced before. This process is known as “modeling” among game thinkers. Modeling strategies in this way it is not about solving problems as much as it is about applications and solutions.
In an ideal world Game theory and game thinking would be a waste of time. The extraordinary person would simply do what Lao Tzu, the great Chinese–Taoist Sage did. Once he realized that most people were just clueless, and would never get “It”, he left town, went to a mountain community with a gatekeeper and hung out with all the other wise men and woman, visionaries and sages. There they could all live their lives motivated by love, emotional balance, clarity of thought, compassion and personal contentment. Visionary thinkers of this type have no interest in living a “zero sum life” motivated by anger, greed, lust, vanity, attachment and ego. The type of that seems to motivate many.
Sadly we do not live in an ideal world. We have to deal with challenges, obstacles and constraints, many caused by other people, many of them dysfunctional to the max. In addition we must confront our own inner demons. All this leads to problems that might have been avoided. Whether it is genetics that defines the games we play or how we play them, play them we must – or rather lifehack them we must!
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