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What If Life Was A Computer Game? Monday July 17, 2017

Fret not if you're not into computer games! I've only dabbled at a distance myself but I get the whole 'Levels' thing – the need to see if you can beat your personal best time after time. It can be utterly compelling... almost addictive!

I once introduced the New Age Guru, Deepak Chopra, at the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development's conference. He made us all laugh with a post-lunch witticism. His quip was, "Good afternoon, and, for those of you who believe in reincarnation, welcome back!"

Whilst I don't believe in reincarnation, I love the idea of it. The chance to learn, and grow, and evolve over multiple lifetimes. A longer time-frame to get it right.

Personally, I find Life far too complicated. Sometimes, I just have to simplify the way I approach it.

With this in mind, I applied the 'Levels' concept to the skill levels I wanted to master before moving on to a higher stage in my life. This gives me focus.

As soon as I thought about it like a computer game, with levels ascending to completion, the first three levels became clear. I want to begin with mastering hope, then faith, and then love.

Hope, because it gives us a bright future – something to move towards. There have been many times in my life when I felt devoid of hope. I never want to go there again! To begin with, then, I focus on creating a positive vision of the future – every day. And, if I can instil this in others too, I would consider that as completing that level, allowing me to move up to Level 2!

Level 2 is to do with belief in myself, in the best in others, and in a friendly and abundant Universe. That's a tough level!

Level 3 is to move only in love – 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.

I'm still on Level 1!

Now, over to you. What levels would you like to master in your own life?

A Moodscope member.

Thoughts on the above? Please feel free to post a comment below.

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S Mon, Jul 17th 2017 @ 3:29am

I used to be a pretty heavy gamer a few years ago - or rather one in particular. World of Warcraft so I enjoy the notion of trying to work out how this would realistically work.. With games and making human behaviour desirable, there needs to be a reward. i.e. Fruit is extremely high in sugar/energy/nutrition, ergo we crave it, and struggle to not gorge ourselves on it (being sweet foods) - in the wild, we'd scoff such an important foodstuff down immediately, cause it was fairly rare too.

That is what lets us enjoy food, satiation, and in some ways, the effects of drugs and alcohol. A video game? You make something rare enough, but obtainable, and create skillgaps. This feasts upon human desires to be superior, and to hoard valued objects.

If it was a video game IRL - I guess it would make more sense if where appropriate/positive thoughts/behaviours accumulated "Motes of Joy" over time, eventually through sheer force of will, curing the mental illness and being blissful all day.

Sadly, this wouldn't work for Schizoaffective, or Personality Disorders :( No matter how much you want or try or loathe it, you can't just make it go away. Only specialist medication/therapy can. :( :(

Lex Mon, Jul 17th 2017 @ 7:53am

Hi S. Occasionally a phrase comes along and one just has to stop for a moment of wonder and appreciation. "Motes of Joy," is one such phrase. Thank you for that, and for your profound insights into addiction and gaming.

S Wed, Jul 19th 2017 @ 7:29pm

Lex, I find it's a nice term too. I think I actually saw it, or something similar in a video game once, ironically. It was some useless item for a potion, or something ridiculous like that. I imagine them being little silvery-gold bubbles that taste like sweet, ripe fruits. I wish collecting them were as easy!

Molly Mon, Jul 17th 2017 @ 4:58am

I am certainly still on level one, so much so, I am to say goodbye to everyone here. Thank you for those that have supported me and for the interesting and thought provoking comments many of you have given over the few months I have been active on Moodscope. I wish you all well. Love To everyone. Molly xx

Marmaladegirl Mon, Jul 17th 2017 @ 6:14am

Don't go Molly! Why do you have to stop being part of Moodscope? I really enjoy reading your comments. I hope you are not leaving for bad reasons - please let us know you are ok. Lots of love, Marmaladegirl xx

Frankie Mon, Jul 17th 2017 @ 6:52am

Moodscope wouldn't need to exist if we were all on Level 3 ... I echo MG's comments. If it is the right time for you to go I wish you well. Perhaps you could let Caroline know your reasons, if you prefer not to share them here, to help with future developments. Stay safe. Frankie x

Lex Mon, Jul 17th 2017 @ 7:47am

Hi Molly, when I'm hurting, I have a pattern of pulling away from people that could help me and that love me. That's a mistake that I have had to learn to resist (latest episode being this year - so I'm still wrestling with this one). Pulling away from the Moodscope community would be to remove what I hope is a positive input into your life. By all means have a time of quiet but please stay connected to the flow of support. L'x

Jul Mon, Jul 17th 2017 @ 7:52am

This is quite dramatic Molly! But it's kind of you to let us know you are leaving so that we don't wonder where you are. We would be asking from time to time as you have been active on Moodscope and we would worry about you and miss you. We will miss you but bon courage and go well. Julxxx

Lex Mon, Jul 17th 2017 @ 9:44am

Another thought, Molly, are you connected to anyone in our community directly? The heart of the community is the connection it offers to others who at least understand in part. Several of us 'vocal' members are very easy to find online!

Dolphin Mon, Jul 17th 2017 @ 11:59am

Hi dear Molly. Sometimes it is good to step away. When I was very low I couldn't cope with other peoples' pain so I stopped being a counselor for a sexual harassment panel. (As an aside - REALLY!! - the way we load ourselves helping others when we are ourselves drowning...) It was very important to step away for my survival. When we are vulnerable we often have no barriers for other people. With Moodscope, I drift in and out depending on where I am (in my head that is). Sometimes I don't read the blogs at all, other times I skim, other times I interact fully. I hope you keep your options open Molly - strength and lots of love

Caroline the Moodscope Team Mon, Jul 17th 2017 @ 1:21pm

Hi Molly, I and the Moodscope team respect your decision if you're absoluetely sure that's what you want to do. Lex, in his blog said he's also at stage 1, but he's sticking around as Moodscope and it's members help him - maybe they could help you too. We are always sorry when someone leaves but we have to let them go if that's what they really want and for whatever reason it might be. Maybe Molly, you will read the blogs from time to time. But meanwhile take care and thank you for your contributions. Caroline

Jane SG Mon, Jul 17th 2017 @ 2:44pm

Oh Molly, I feel sad. I'm going to miss you :( sending you lots of love. Really going to miss you :( xxx

Molly Mon, Jul 17th 2017 @ 9:18pm

Thank you everyone, I felt quite overwhelmed with all these responses. Lex I apologise for jumping in on your blog. Maybe I just need a break. Really appreciate all these comments xx

Jane SG Mon, Jul 17th 2017 @ 10:24pm

I hope it is just a break Molly. We will be waiting for you. Sending you a big hug. Two hugs xxxx

Mary Wednesday Mon, Jul 17th 2017 @ 10:34pm

Coming late to the party: yeah, what they said!

LP Tue, Jul 18th 2017 @ 6:47am

I'm late to this conversation too. I just wanted to ask if you are ok Molly? If you read this have a good break and I'm sure you'll see how it goes. Sending you love peace and moments of joy. LPxx

Sal Tue, Jul 18th 2017 @ 11:53am

Me too, yeah, what Mary said. And especially what Frankie said. Respect for your choice Molly, whatever it turns out to be, and sad to think your contributions may not be here for me to read - for a while (I hope it's that), or at all. With love, Sal x

Molly Tue, Jul 18th 2017 @ 5:23pm

Thank you again so much. I would reply individually but its all on one thread and I have already trodden on Lex's toes here (although I don't think he minds) so just one message from me. To those that asked how I am, I am fine thank you. To those that gave good advice - thank you. I won't be leaving as I would miss you all. I suppose I had a 'funny five minutes'. I am good at trying to push people away and all logic that Moodscope helps me went out of the window. I have 'spoken' (emails) with Caroline and she was incredibly supportive. You all have been incredibly supportive!! I realise that I am not just a name on the screen but a person. I am truly grateful to you all. Molly xx

Sal Tue, Jul 18th 2017 @ 6:12pm

Big smile Molly :))) (I see that Caroline and co have turned that notification thingy back on, so you'll probably get a prompt about this) love, Sal x

Molly Tue, Jul 18th 2017 @ 6:22pm

Yes I did get a prompt, thank you Sal xx

Jane SG Tue, Jul 18th 2017 @ 7:10pm

Hooray! I'm so pleased Molly xxxxx

Molly Tue, Jul 18th 2017 @ 11:43pm

Thank you so much Jane. Your messages have been lovely. I am hope you are feeling better too as I read you are not too good so my turn to send hugs xxxx

LP Wed, Jul 19th 2017 @ 12:42am

Glad you're ok Molly. Xx

Molly Wed, Jul 19th 2017 @ 1:02am

Thanks so much LP! :-) xx

Jane SG Wed, Jul 19th 2017 @ 11:23am

Thank you for the hugs Molly! Thankfully I'm feeling quite a bit better today! Such a relief! I'm glad you have stayed with us xxx

Molly Wed, Jul 19th 2017 @ 9:19pm

Good to hear you are feeling better Jane. We never know what a day is going to bring do we. Thank you again for your brilliant support xx

Jane SG Thu, Jul 20th 2017 @ 9:01am

Thanks Molly :) hope you have a good day today xxx

Orangeblossom Mon, Jul 17th 2017 @ 6:48am

Hi Lex, what a brilliant, attention grabbing blog. I too would use faith, hope & love as my criteria of achievement. However, my skills level on computer games is just about zilch and have given up playing them entirely. Hopefully your absence from Moodscope is only temporary Molly Molly. Look forward to seeing you again soon. Love

Lex Mon, Jul 17th 2017 @ 7:50am

Hi Orangeblossom, perhaps we can stir one another up to more of those three then - since we share those values? Love undoubtedly I hope!

David Mon, Jul 17th 2017 @ 7:39am

Thank god life is not a computer game there is enough mental illness with some young people addicted to them.

Lex Mon, Jul 17th 2017 @ 7:49am

Hey David, don't get me started on Mirror Neurons then! I have a strong suspicion Computer Games are helping many folks rehearse unsocial and violent behaviours! Today's metaphor though is just to open up what people value most - for me hope, faith, and love. And for you?????

Jul Mon, Jul 17th 2017 @ 7:58am

Your goals are the best Lex! Maybe we can try to combine all three as they are not mutually exclusive are they? I think that you do combine all three for us.... on Moodscope anyway. My life is quite a muddle really with so much going on, I sort of blunder through life with no clear goals. I try to be nice to people but it can backfire so at the moment if I have a level to aspire to, it might be to back off a bit and let people do what they want without me trying to please.Rather a negative goal/level! Jules xx

Lex Mon, Jul 17th 2017 @ 9:49am

Thanks for sparking my thoughts, Jules... they are interconnected - like a cord of three strands, not easily broken. My first thought, when I read your kind words, was, "Press Pause." It's OK to press pause and back off from people. Of course, you can flip the goal by asking that magic quesiton, "What would you rather have?" One key consideration for me is to think about the people (and the goals) that give me energy rather than place demands on me. You give me energy! L'xxx

Jul Mon, Jul 17th 2017 @ 10:22am

I think that's a good idea to ask myself if that person drains me or gives me energy. I really don't mind good friends draining me occasionally but it's people I am not sure about who drain me all the time. I should avoid them I think. Perhaps a subject for a blog..I am delighted I give you energy Lex. Likewise you.Jules xx

LH Mon, Jul 17th 2017 @ 9:24am

Thanks Lex,
I think that letting go, kindness and contentment are the levels I aim for-often falling short as we humans do-but sometimes succeeding which feels good x

Lex Mon, Jul 17th 2017 @ 9:50am

Hi LH, those three gave me an instant uplift. 'Kindness' is what I love most in others, but to have the wisdom to let go and be happy with contentment makes this a perfect trio. Success to you in achieving these levels! x

Dolphin Mon, Jul 17th 2017 @ 12:03pm

A very thought provoking blog Lex. I will think about it over the day. I have some big decisions to make. They concern my next stage of life and I flap backwards and forwards with what I want to do. I am going to try to slot the decisions into levels of what is important. Thanks so much!

Lex Mon, Jul 17th 2017 @ 2:19pm

You're so welcome, Dolphin. I'm really having to go for simplicity at the moment, and I feel I am not alone! May you have great wisdom in getting your levels just as you'd like them.

The Gardener Mon, Jul 17th 2017 @ 12:48pm

Interesting as ever, Lex. I don't play any computer games except too much Solitaire due to inertia. I would compare my life much more to good old fashioned Snakes and Ladders. Your quote of after lunch quip brought back vivid memories. I had to give a paper on 'packaging' of all things at a conference. I got the 'sleep' session, after a heavy lunch on a hot July day. My audience was all male. How COULD I keep them awake? I had my solid brief case, put it on the table in front of me, and opened it like a conjurer. Opened up was a centre-fold of Playboy, a naked girl bound up with ropes. I opened by saying that the product was 'enhanced' by the packaging, but not protected. They all stayed awake, hoping something else would turn up!

Mary Wednesday Mon, Jul 17th 2017 @ 1:45pm


Lex Mon, Jul 17th 2017 @ 2:18pm

Wow! The Gardener... what courage and what skill! 'Packaging' would make such a good blog theme too!

Jane SG Mon, Jul 17th 2017 @ 2:46pm

I love this.! X

Mary Wednesday Mon, Jul 17th 2017 @ 1:55pm

Talking to a dear friend last night. She is a Humanist, living the the deepest of Southern American States, where there seems to be a thriving church on every street corner. She has little time for those churches. They speak in tongues, they handle live venomous snakes, they have hope and faith that can move mountains, but - (in her opinion) they have no love. They have no tolerance for the beliefs of others, they have no compassion for the sins or failings of others and they have no acceptance of any other love than monogamous and heterosexual married love.

I found myself quoting to her St Paul in 1 Corinthians 13:"If I speak in the tongues of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast, but do not have love, I gain nothing."

Hope is important, Faith is life-saving, but love must be all-encompassing. Without love, there are no other levels.

Having said that - great blog, my lovely friend! Thought provoking indeed.

Lex Mon, Jul 17th 2017 @ 2:17pm

Oh Mary, if I could jump to 'Love' straight away, I'm pretty sure nothing else matters - so we're in agreement really. Just choosing to work on a positive vision of the future first (my hope) since I had lost that... thanks for sharing. Off to play with the snakes now!

S Wed, Jul 19th 2017 @ 7:27pm

Mary! I agree that faith can be life-saving. I'm not particularly religious (though follow some buddhist practices and principles as best I can, or as best I wish to, really), sometimes in the darkest moment of emotional night, I find my faith ignites unexpectedly like a great torch. In those moments I think to myself "when you have nothing left, that is when you have faith." If I weren't atheist, I'd say it's almost like feeling the hand of god on your shoulder, and saying "Come, now." Does this happen to anyone who has a more deitic faith at all? Is this maybe what I haven't understood about religion my entire life? The feeling and force of it often feels positively supernatural. Love standing JUST on its own without faith, hope or positivity is just as dangerous as the opposite I think. Especially with mental health issues, I find at least it can twist the mind in strange ways when not properly grounded? Just devil's advocate, though I mostly agree with your point. S

Wyvern Mon, Jul 17th 2017 @ 4:28pm

Very interesting... the King James Bible has faith, hope and charity (caritas = caring about people). I've thought about this all day and come to the conclusion that all I have is caritas. The rest of it is taken care of by "quello che sarà, sarà" and the realisation that I have little control over anything but my response to what happens. So my second level might be 'acceptance' and my third might be related to this, 'not minding that it hurts' to quote Lawrence of Arabia.

Sal Tue, Jul 18th 2017 @ 12:00pm

Hello Wyvern, your post ('little control over anything but my response') chimed for me with the theme of a 'conscious cafe' discussion I went to recently, which was "Happiness: Getting what you want, or wanting what you get?" A lively discussion; no final answer. But contentment got a lot of support among the table (small group discussion) I was at. Happiness was seen more as an elusive butterfly ...

Jane SG Mon, Jul 17th 2017 @ 10:25pm

Hi Lex, sorry for my late direct response but I'm still mulling this one over. My head hurts today, I'm not feeling well x

LP Mon, Jul 17th 2017 @ 11:11pm

Sorry to hear that Jane, hope you've beeter soon. Xx

Jane SG Tue, Jul 18th 2017 @ 6:44am

Thank you so much LP. It's so restricting. Xxx

Jane SG Tue, Jul 18th 2017 @ 6:46am

Hi Lex, on good days, and also sometimes manic days, level 3, most days level 2, periods of level 1. X

Lex Tue, Jul 18th 2017 @ 10:16am

Hope you're feeling better Jane SG x

Jane SG Tue, Jul 18th 2017 @ 7:13pm

Thank you so much Lex. I managed to go to work this afternoon and my head isn't hurting so bad. Hopefully tomorrow will be good! Hope you are ok x

S Wed, Jul 19th 2017 @ 8:15pm

I hope your head stays better, and you're feeling more energetic and lively soon. :) S

Jane SG Thu, Jul 20th 2017 @ 9:00am

Thank you so much S! I'm very tired but my head is definitely hurting less. Xx

Salt Water Mum Wed, Jul 19th 2017 @ 9:26am

Hi, I am coming very very late to comment on this blog. Sorry! But Molly, I wanted to say that I am so so pleased that you are here on Moodscope still. We would miss you. I remember when SoulManBlues said goodbye and left and I was upset and worried, I still think about him and wonder if anyone knows how he is doing? So, stay with us Molly. I admit I am active on Moodscope at some times than others - such is this crazy life! - but I do pop in regularly and have a peek even if I don't feel up to commenting.

Sorry to crash in on your blog, Lex!

Mary, that comment you wrote was fabulous - about your humanist friend. It's so true, all that bible bashing but where is the love and compassion for others? I am not religious in the slightest but I do like that quote, thank you.

Stay well Molly. Be kind to your lovely self Jane SG. Thank you Lex,


S Wed, Jul 19th 2017 @ 8:17pm

I often find some bible bashers, who announce their christianity so proudly often forget the fundamental teachings of the one who gives their religion name - Jesus Christ. The God of the Old Testament is an angry, vengeful and cruel beast, and they seem to pick up on this, but Jesus' compassion, forgiveness, empathy and acceptance being more important than anything else seems lost on them. I think the old and new testaments are somewhat in conflict re: that attitude. S

Molly Wed, Jul 19th 2017 @ 9:22pm

Salt water mum, thank you so much, I really appreciate it xx

Jane SG Thu, Jul 20th 2017 @ 8:59am

Thank you SWM! That's really nice. Nice start to my day :) xx

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