By Paul Brenner

During this vigorous and enlightening booklet, Paul Brenner means that treating life's occasions and daily actions as a online game might bring about a extra socially sensible and potent society. via compelling feedback and dynamic anecdotes, he conceptualizes all our monetary, political, social, and non secular ambitions when it comes to function- play, and demonstrates the contribution this attitude could make to the happiness of people and to the systemic welfare of an more and more advanced social order.

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We live in a community with others rather than in isola- What Life Is in the Modern Era 13 tion. Consequently we depend on each other for everything. Psychologically we exist for, and find meaning for our lives in, the activities and customs of the large groups we belong to. A society is like a puzzle board. Every individual is an interlocking piece that somehow fits on the board. We are kept in place by the other pieces that surround us. We are born into a society and we cannot live independently of it, be it conceptually, practically, or emotionally.

Flags, ribbons, medals, and passports are accessories in the games we play with each other. They both define and remind us of the roles we enact. They guide our actions, conduct, and worldviews. Now I am often aware of an underlying sense of unreality when I am doing something serious or important, or when I interact with What Life Is in the Modern Era 21 individuals who take so seriously whatever it is they happen to be doing, as if the unforeseen destiny of the world, or of our lives, really depended on it.

They say that new sights release the flow of fresh insights. I cannot recall exactly when, perhaps also under a tree, I realized that what I was looking for—my own self—is something I continuously reinvent. I’m always creating fantasy out of actuality, and actuality out of fantasy. The resulting hodgepodge is what I am. Ever since my enlightenment, whenever I want to know who I am, I look at the role that I enact at the moment. The social roles I fulfill formulate my identity and my self-esteem.

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