[NetBehaviour] Game of Refugees

Alan Sondheim sondheim at gmail.com
Sun Aug 29 14:28:19 CEST 2021


Thank you, it was disturbing to write it.
I keep thinking of the old catastrophe theory and the idea of the
'fragility of the good' - that there are (mathematically) more ways to
collapse than to 'be' within a plateau of stability ...

best, alan

On Sun, Aug 29, 2021 at 8:23 AM Edward Picot via NetBehaviour <
netbehaviour at lists.netbehaviour.org> wrote:

> Alan,
>
> This is a fantastically on-the-money bit of writing.
>
> Edward
>
>
> On 28/08/2021 15:42, Alan Sondheim wrote:
> >
> >
> > Game of Refugees
> >
> > http://www.alansondheim.org/bad.jpg
> >
> > In this game, the refugees always lose. You play someone
> > hunting them down, refusing them sanctuary, keeping them at
> > bay. You always win. The sounds are murmurs and cries. You
> > always continue. You can refuse to play the game, you can walk
> > away. You don't do that; if you do that, nothing happens. You
> > want something to happen, you're playing the game. The game
> > may be long or short. You can take a break. You can turn the
> > game off, return to the same stage. The game can always wait.
> >
> > You always feel bad. The longer you feel bad, the longer you
> > play the game. The longer you play, the longer you win. If you
> > stop the game, the refugees can wait. If you never play again,
> > the refugees can wait. The refugees can always wait.
> >
> > You feel bad. You feel like weeping, wailing, mourning. The
> > refugees are weeping, wailing, waiting, mourning. You make
> > them wait. You are so sad, you are inconceivably sad. You have
> > never been so sad in your life. It's terrible how sad you are.
> > You continue playing the game. You win the game, you cannot
> > lose. You may be angry. It is so sad you feel angry. When you
> > are angry, you may leave the game.
> >
> > You return to the game when you are no longer angry. You are
> > calm and wary. It is terrible you are playing this game this
> > way. You love the game. You are drawn to the game, the game
> > draws you. You can say that, I love this game but I feel bad.
> > You feel bad sometimes, you feel bad all the time. You play
> > the game, there are always refugees.
> >
> > There are always refugees, you wonder is this a trick of the
> > game. There are more and more. You always play, you always
> > win. There are always more.
> >
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