Psychologist Jordan Peterson suggests that we consider life a series of games, where how we play now determines which games we get to play later.

Playing a game

Psychologist Jordan Peterson suggests that we consider life a series of games. PICTURE: Karthik Balakrishnan/Unsplash.

When you think about life like this, it quickly becomes apparent that the best way to live is to play in such a way that people want you in their team.

There’s nothing more devastating to life than no-one wanting to play with you. Divorced, unemployed, friendless. Few die in Australia from starvation, but many die from loneliness. 

Play in such a way that people want you in their team. Be competent, not dominant, nice but not needy, considerate of others.

Jesus put it another way - treat others as you want to be treated. Because there is something worse than no-one wanting to play with you – God not wanting to play with you.

Paul Clark’s musings can be heard on radio across Australia and at atthetop.org.au