"Games are fun. Games are also a critical part of learning about life as well, though. Games teach us how to take defeat without being crushed by it and how to learn from failure. The successful man is just one who’s taken more opportunities to fail than those around him. Let’s teach our children that competition is good, that winning is fun, and that fairness does not mean that no one loses."
Although I think that entitlement these days is just awful, I respectfully have to disagree with the above statement(s). Games are NOT a critical part of learning about life. Parents and teachers should teach kids about life and that sometimes you lose and how to deal with it. Games are just the point where you get the experience in doing so.
Also "The successful man is just one who’s taken more opportunities to fail than those around him". Another commonplace that is sadly not always true and also is very dependent on what an individual considers to be successful. And there are plenty of cases where you'd find that this is not always defined by taking more opportunities, but also having an advantage from the start, be it "fair or unfair".
I do agree that kids need to learn to deal with how to lose, but there first needs to be more respect for opponents, and that's where parents and school come in again. But over the last decade competition got so fucked up, it was more about demeaning and foul mouthing th eopponent than anything else.
Whenever I watch an American show like Hell's Kitchen for example (and many others) people are always so full of themselves and think they are the best thing since sliced bread and feel the need to reaffirm that by belittling and even insulting their opponents. And that's where it goes wrong, it no longer is about respect and it starts to look like a war which is totally unnecessary.
For those who can watch it (or perhaps YouTube has them) watch an episode of Masterchef Australia. This still is a competition, but contestants are motivating eachother and even helping them. It's very refreshing seeing that to be honest. It's all about respect in the end, so stop putting down others and know your abilities (instead of being delusional) and use/show them instead of bragging about it.
And do not make everything abou tcompetition but realize that there's more fun to be had doing stuff together than constantly trying to beat someone. And if you win, be respectful and thank your opponent for a good game or whatever, instead of doing a (virtual) victory dance demeaning their effort.
P.S. Sorry for any grammar or spelling errors, English is not my native language.
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