Are there games that we play in society that represent serious and terrible things? give some example. why do we play these games? should we?
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The only example of a game that we in the United States play that represents something serious and terrible is the kids' game "Ring Around A Rosie."
That game comes from the Black Death (Bubonic Plague) that swept through Europe at various times in the Middle Ages.
Nowadays, I think we play it because it's traditional and the meaning has been so lost in time as to be irrelevant.
If we don't know the meaning of the game, it seems like there's no real problem with playing it. If we did know the meaning, you might say it was good because it might makes us less afraid of death.
Is this what you're talking about or are you referring to games that represent something really immediate and current -- not something from 800 years ago?
I would have to agree with the previous responder.
"Ring Around the Rosie" was a song that was made regarding the Black Death.
Ring Around the Rosie-This symbolized the sores that people had on their bodies
Pocket Full of Posies-People would carry flowers to help hide the smell of death
Ashes Ashes-People that died were burned
We All Fall Down-Everyone will die
Many stories that were told to us and games that we learned as children were created to teach us a lesson about life. Ring Around the Rosie was a song that taught about the plague. London Bridge is Falling Down supposedly talks about the need for a human sacrifice to be buried under a bridge for it to be stable. Baa Baa Black Sheep is said to deal with the slave trade and medieval wool tax.
I don't think there is any problem in playing these games or hearing these stories, as their meanings have been generally lost.
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