The Lesson of Monopoly

I’m sure most people have played “Monopoly.”

But I wonder if anyone has ever stopped to consider the consequences that the game was trying to convey.

Think about the conditions that it takes to win.  And then, think about “competitive spirit” required to reach the winning condition.  And then, think about the end result when you finish the game.

After the last person has “lost,” look at the landscape of the board itself when it happens.

Look at the houses and hotels that are on the board – that you “own” after the last player “loses” everything they have.  Because the game itself is trying to deliver a very important lesson that gets missed:

You have a bright, shining, and expensive city, in which all of the property you “own” is expensive and probably looks great…

…But you have no one left who can afford to live in them.

Which means that you also have lost.  And it also makes the game itself rather scary when you stop to realize that the objective of the game is to make the other person go bankrupt by taking ALL of their money – and by any means possible.  In keeping with the spirit of competition, everyone fends for themselves, exploiting whatever breaks and luck they happen to get within the “game” as they look to win.

But, when you have no one left who can play the “game of property” with, what did you really win?

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