The Game of Control

Friday , 17, September 2010 1 Comment

 Almost every person in every culture in the world knows a form of the game Rock/Paper/Scissors.  This harmless game has provided countless hours of entertainment, has been used to settle disputes, and is a great way to pass the time while waiting on a plane or traveling long distances by car.  The game pictures something far more sinister, however, in that it mimics human nature in terms of control.

  • Some control other people by dominating them—like a rock dominates scissors in the game…
  • Some people control others by intimidating them—just as a pair of scissors slices through paper…
  • Some control others by manipulating them—craftily covering them in the same way that paper envelops the rock…

 

While we humans “reserve the right” to change our control tactics at any time, we all nonetheless have a primary control method buried deeply in our (fallen) nature.  We become experts in the art of dominating…, or intimidating…, or manipulating…, to get our way.  We enter into relationships based on “control compatibility”.  We play to win and we win to play—but this is an unwinable game!  No one method of control always wins; no one can ever become “perfect” at dominating, manipulating, or intimidating.  So the game goes on, and everyone looses…

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