I've been away too long from writing. A lot has been going on lately, ranging from accusations of treason, foreign affairs going wild across the world, and another successful month against our domestic PTO. I could speak about what others have, but that wouldn't make me very original right now. I do have my own thoughts about congress-exec problems, foreign intrigue, and the impact of a diminishing PTO on our political system, but those aren't very newsworthy at the moment. What I have been noticing though is that the atmosphere in the country is getting worse. When we are down and losing, we like to blame. Blame the government, blame MUs, blame foreign policy, blame the game, blame the meta. You ask a different person and you will get different answers, but there is always someone at fault.
Unfortunately, as I have said before, no one person or group should hold all blame for failure. In a game based upon social interaction, we succeed most often when we decide to interact to the fullest extent. We fail when we decide to act apart from one another. We live in a vibrant community, and there is a unique view from every single organization or player. As I've said before, the problem usually arises when we agree to disagree and return to our respective viewpoints, and no doubt I have also become guilty of this myself. I know that we at war, that we are losing, and that we have been unable to make a turnaround. We face an overpowering alliance at a time where despite instability foreign relations are static and slow to change. In the meantime, we decide to fight among ourselves rather than prepare for the eventual return to freedom and prominence. I understand the sentiment and the anger, as I've been prone to it myself, but we must learn to accept our shortcomings as individuals.
The media has been quite active in recent days, and I have been reading with quite a bit of interest. I've seen several articles and comments in government articles or their own publications accuse the president or government of failing the country. Many have specific complaints while others make general statements of failure. What I am not seeing is offers to help. I'm not seeing a desire to make things better, or real thought out alternatives to pursue. And before I am corrected, I do not always view proposals to overturn as help, so we may have to have a conversation. Your president and your government are not your enemy or adversary, and the government is not seeking to actively harm the American people. Both sides act out of a desire to improve our country's situation, and the sooner we realize we have the same goal, the closer we get to making our paths turn in the same direction.
At this time, we cannot quite afford the usual political theater. As much as I would like to write articles demonizing my opponents or proposing a grand vision for the US involving dramatic change, I simply say that we must learn to play together better. This is a game and we all signed up for the same country, and our greater adversaries lie outside, not within. Whether you are my friend, my acquaintance, rival, or unknown to me, I hope you will fight beside me. I had intended this article to be longer than it was and have something more inspirational to say, but I am afraid I must be more blunt in times like these. We gain more acting together than we do acting against one another.
In an ode to my article title, the game is a reflection of our own actions, whether you are in a position of power or someone who just likes to click the buttons. But the problem might be that we seek to make the game only what we see in the mirror, and not who we see around us. Remember that we are still more than text and stats, we are all able to think and discuss. Change it, talk to someone and ask what can be done.
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