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Even though many people, including myself, don’t read the instructions for a new game unless we get stuck, it is the logical place to start. After that comes character creation. One of the earliest examples of non paper based character creation is in the game Oregon Trail. There are others, but I assume most of us are familiar with or have played Oregon Trail.
Before starting off on the trail, we’d have to choose our occupation and starting point. This would determine how much money we started with and how far of a head start on the trail that we started with. After choosing our occupation and starting point, we’d then have to select our inventory for the journey. Real life is similar to this.
The first eighteen years of our lives can be looked at as a tutorial preparing us for the game, which is often referred to by adults as “the real world”. When I was in school they’d say things like, “when you get out in the real world”, which never made sense to me until I got older.
Starting A New Character
Let’s pretend that we are the very first characters in order to make this easier than referring to the many previous generations of our ancestors. In this scenario we call life, we all start out with a predetermined ethnicity and starting point undetermined by us. Our parents decided that for us based on their decisions. Who we choose to have children with will be very important as to how easy or hard life is for our children.
- Do we want to have kids with a drug addict, someone that hates drugs, or someone that sells drugs?
- Would we rather party and buy expensive stuff or put away money for our child’s future?
- Do we want to create a stable family environment with both parents or create single family home?
On the surface these decisions seem obvious, but unfortunately, life is made up of a series of decisions that lead to what we ultimately end up with.
- Every time a man throws money at the strip club, what he’s actually doing is throwing away wealth and opportunity for his children.
- Every time a woman pays tons of money for stuff that grows out of her body for free (hair, eyelashes, nails, etc.), she is actually throwing away wealth and opportunity for her children.
- Every moment we spend working for an employer is a moment stolen from ourselves, family, and friends.
These are every day choices that will either help or hinder us in the long run, whether we think it’s important now or not. Here is a real life example from a personal decision of mine.
Around 2005, Tyson Foods’ stock was roughly at $8.00 per share, and I wanted to invest, but I didn’t. Now in 2019 it’s worth over $80.00 per share. Buying just 10 shares then for $80.00 would now be worth over $800.00. Terrible decision on my part back then.
The reason our financial decisions are so important is because it almost always determines where we end, and where the next generation starts out. Someone that busts their butt to become a doctor, has life insurance, invests, and sets aside money for their kids… will most likely not have kids that have to beg on corners for money to bury their parent, most likely won’t live in the worst neighborhood, and will likely have more opportunities available to them.
Choosing Your Path
Public school is an interesting dynamic because not all rich kids go to private schools. A lot of them actually attend school with very poor kids. At my high school there were a lot of rich white kids and a lot of poor black kids. Our family at that time, was probably just above poor, but not quite middle class financially, even though we’d moved to a nice neighborhood. Regardless of our families financial status, we were all asked the same question at some point… “what do you want to be when you grow up?”
When I was younger I wanted to be a rapper, football player, or basketball player. The reason for that was because those were most of the successful black men that I’d seen on TV. My grandfather and uncle were carpenters, and Bill Cosby was a doctor. I liked working with my grandfather and uncle, but I wasn’t interested in doing that forever. This is the same scenario for many black youth today, due to systematic programming of our culture by people that don’t look like us.
- Black youth are bombarded with images that glorify being drug dealers, pimps, gang members, and ball players.
- Black youth are pigeon holed into believing that their only legal options are to be a paid servant working for white people.
- Black youth are often teased for wanting to learn or having an interest in activities considered to be “white” (chess, comic books, computers, etc.)
This is where we encounter an interesting path dynamic that seems to be the source of much of the poverty in the black community. That is setting the difficulty level.
Setting The Difficulty Level
Is it harder to become a successful doctor or a successful rapper? That answer all depends on where you start. A completely garbage rapper that knows the right people has a better chance at success than both a doctor and a great rapper that doesn’t know anybody. However, someone studying, working hard, and putting in the effort has a vastly higher chance of being a successful doctor than someone that works equally as hard at trying to become a successful rapper… or even a sports star.
Difficulty level gets even more complex than just choosing an occupation. The amount of money you have may also determine difficulty level. The obvious assumption is that starting off rich would make life easier than starting off poor. However, there are HUGE problems that come with being rich that may make it even harder than starting off poor.
- People are always scheming up ways to take your money from you.
- Friends and relatives always expect you to pay for everything or give them money.
- You never know if your relationships with people are real or fake.
There is a lot of stress associated with being rich, which is why Dave Chappelle made the point about Anthony Bordaine committing suicide in a luxury hotel, while a black man that had lost everything, was living in his mother’s basement, had never once thought about suicide. Money isn’t everything, and all money ain’t good money.
- Would you rather be rich and suicidal or poor and love your life?
Starting out rich has it’s advantages, but so does starting out poor.
Gaining and Losing Levels
In every MMORPG players gain levels, but in some of those games, its actually possible to lose levels, just like in real life.
- Poor people get rich all the time.
- Rich people become poor all the time.
We all love those rags to riches stories, but in contrast, there is also a TV series called, “The Lottery Ruined My Life”.
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