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    Games just for sheer fun where there is no winner or loser


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    Games just for sheer fun where there is no winner or loser

    Post  Admin on Sat Apr 10, 2010 12:55 am

    “We talked about games and sports. I told them that in the United States we are very interested in sporting events, that in fact we pay ballplayers much more than we pay schoolteachers. I told them I could demonstrate a game and suggested we all make a line and run as fast as we could. The one who runs the fastest will become the winner. The [tribal] people looked at me intently with their beautiful big dark eyes, then they looked at each other. Finally someone said, “But if one person wins, everyone else must lose. Is that fun? Games are for fun. Why would you submit anyone to such an experience and then try to convince him he was in truth a winner? That custom is difficult to understand. Does it work for your people?” I just smiled and shook my head “no.”
    “Seventy-, eighty-, ninety-year-old people had released the child within and had fun playing games not designed for winners or losers, but for everyone’s enjoyment.”

    Source: Mutant Message Down Under by Marlo Morgan. The book describes her experiences with a remote tribe of nomadic Aboriginals. They share with her the wisdom of their 50,000-year-old culture which has been completely unchanged by the white people who came to Australia.Pg 127

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