Wednesday, August 31, 2011
Life, Games, and the Gospel: Rules
Why are rules so important? In Dungeons and Dragons, apparently they're important enough for someone to have published an entire book just about the rules. (It's called the Rules Compendium, and I understand they've published a new version for D&D4.0) In chess, each piece has a specific way that they move, in order to achieve a specific end. It's the same, although in a more limited sense, in Checkers, Life, and even Monopoly.
But why are rules so important? Why can't we just take all the Monopoly money from the bank, put houses whereever we want? Why not just move the chess pieces to the other side of the board? Why put ourselves into these mental straitjackets?
Quite simply, it's because it's the only way life will work. Let's just stick with Monopoly. If everyone were to take what they wanted from the bank, charge five thousand dollars rent, build whenever they wanted, not pay rent to anyone, what would be the point? There would be no progress. It would be complete anarchy, and noone would have fun.