Playing The Game Of Living
(S.O.S. from

Statue Of Liberty Underwater
picture courtesy of the New Jersey Geological Survey

$10,000 REWARD
(But, you've got to bring them back alive!*)

Can you save our players from their fate? Can you tell us an economical way to stop the elimination of all the players... before their time is up?

This is an advanced level game. You may want to master The Great Race Against Time, first.

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The time is sometime in the future. How far in the future? That is part of the problem... we do not know. We know it started in 1994. The opening scene is sometime after 9/11/2001.

The situation: players of an interactive game stumble upon a disturbing discovery.

The place(s) and players are several: a few players live in or near major metropolitan areas along the U.S. Eastern Seaboard.

Winkie One player (Screen name: The Doctor) had been living in NYC. The Human Viri and Atmosphere game and the Y2K game had convinced this player to get out of town prior to terror attacks by other teams. This player escaped before Sept. 11th and now plays from a foreign country. The player's extraordinary expertise is in governance (including security and defense.) The player is on the Buddhist team.

sidd Another player (Self Imposed Discipline Distortion, Screen name: sidd) is a computer wizard and scientist doing research work at a university. The player is on the Godless Heathen team.

economy There is a player (Screen name: Econome) who is an economist doing both academic and practical work. The player is on the WASP team.

Some players work to fund the game (primarily from the R&D of the game trials. These activities most often take place between NYC and DC.)

Some players are in pursuit of other scientific and/or artistic "applications for economics." (For instance, one player is a Russian musician trying to pay for his dream game by working on a merchant ship... currently frequenting ports in China during an outbreak of a strange new virus... making the Viri games all the more serious.)

And, a wide variety of other players live throughout the world (you will get to know them later.)

The opening scene:

A group of people have been playing a game on the internet. The game is similar in many ways to games that the U.S. Government plays -- war games and best/worst case scenario planning. But, instead of conditioning people to kill, they are trying to find ways of conditioning people to love.

One of the players, Econome, believes he/she has found a disturbing discovery:

"The economic experiment I've been working on all these years is called, The Golden Rule's Social Justification. I originally believed we had 3 more generations before we got to the point-of-know-return.... before the justification.

However, sidd, has pointed out (with his pointy head) that my new theory must be valid. In an email (that I sent out to Sarah about John Nash's work in economics) sidd figured out the "check" on my secret experiment.

In other words, the best responses of all players are in accordance with each other.
-- John Nash, Jr.

To which sidd replies:

"heehee reminds me of the law of chemical equilibrium -- Le Chatelier's Principle

or the golden rule...."

"YES! Exactly. Exactly as I feared. Someone please prove me wrong. Because if this is true, the justification to equilibrium is likely to transpire faster than originally calculated."

[Econome franticly searches for a player that can dispute the findings.]

"Now what? The player I thought would prove me wrong... instead says:

there is the Buddhist concept of the law of cause and effect

unlike older linear style science, the effect is NOT always exactly equal and opposite, - and effects or reactions can be latent or manifest (hit ya now, or hit ya later), etc

-- The Doctor

Dag-nab-it! The Godless Heathen proves the point... the Buddhist backs him up. Egadz! Can someone show me a way out of this? You guyz were my best bet... my last hope. Can someone please prove this WASP wrong? I wish this Golden Rule gone!

But, instead you tell me the WASPs don't have a monopoly on "a side" of the Golden Rule. The rule seems to be applied to the other teams in exactly the same way as it applies to my team?"

[wheels spin in Econome's pea brain]

"Here I've wasted my time trying to find a way to avoid the inevitable consequences of the Golden Rule.

Not only that... but the other teams... well... are you telling me the Golden Rule applies to your team in the same way it does to mine?

Hmmm... if we are on different teams... wouldn't the rule distinguish our teams? How can we have the same goal and be on different teams?

Noooo... it couldn't be possible that... that it is because... we are actually on the same team?

Argh, crap... I ain't never thought of that.

Hey! No wonder we are getting so good at the game. I mean... are we scoring goals for them or us? I sure hate it when I score goals for the other team.

That means... if our plan to destroy "the other" team succeeds, we will actually be defeating ourselves?

If we only had more time... had we really been on three different teams, we might have had 3 generations of time left in the game. That ain't what I'm seein'.

You see... though the losing team of players would have been eliminated from this game, there would have been other teams left... with players to form new teams. Now that all known players are on the same team, that is no longer possible if all players are eliminated.

So, we are lucky if there is 1 more generation left.

I think it would be prudent for all game players to assume that this is The Last Game... unless someone can think of a solution?

Can you save our players from their fate? Can you tell us an economical way to stop the elimination of all the players... before their time is up?

$10,000 REWARD
(But, you've got to bring them back alive!)

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