Tabitha got The Game of Life for Christmas. I remember it as a favorite to play when I was a child. Boy, has my perspective of life has changed!
Remember this game? Every player gets a plastic car and spins a wheel to trot around the board. The squares tell you what to do, and the one to make it to retirement with the most money wins.
Is the world in the great depression because of this game? Perhaps. Consider these things.
1. The cars only allow for 4 kids. All my kids were hoping for the extra kids to stick into the cars.
2. College (costing only $40,000) gave the better life. Is that still the same today?
3. Nothing encourages entrepreneurship. I looked for just one square that said something like, “Invented miracle drug” or “Bought successful business.” Everything revolves around better careers and Pay Day squares.
4. Taxes were outrageous: about 25% of a person’s salary. I don’t remember taxes being so high when we were kids.
5. Class envy was encouraged. Every time someone landed on “Sue Any Player,” the richest one got sued.
It’s safe to say, that Wendy and I didn’t follow The Game of Life. We jumped the board. Life is nicer here.