Rules. Games. Playing the rules. Playing the game.
Watching my kids play always surprises me. They create their own games with their own rules and these rules change as the game is played, as it matures. Often that maturity happens over a period of minutes, not hours, days or even years. What I’ve noticed is that rules are created to establish boundaries but those boundaries are constantly being tested – as new discoveries are made within the games, the rules need to be refined and the refinements incorporated into the rules. I’m sure this isn’t a new school of thought, but I’ve decided that there are aspects of life learning in progress here:
- Everything is political, so we need rules to constrain the politics
- Rules are made to be broken