A Metaphor Isn’t Literal

Moving forward with my life’s work

Ok, so there’s no doubt now what I need to do, as recent conversations with ChatGPT helped me to realize that the essence of my framework is using gaming metaphors. And when using gaming metaphors, life is not seen as literally like a game but is instead metaphorically seen as a game.

James Carse does the same thing with his book Finite & Infinite Games, as does Simon Sinek in his book Infinite Games. They’re both seeing life as metaphorically like a game.

Moving past this obstacle, the only thing stopping me from expressing my framework now is myself and my own fears. And if anything, I think this is why I keep trying to move the goalposts on my work, so as to avoid expressing some of the most fundamental and foundational aspects of it which I’m still afraid of doing (although I’m still not 100% sure why though).

What I’m talking about here is the realization that we don’t see reality directly but are instead perceiving and seeing a map or construct of it, our worldview. And therefore “the map is not the territory”, even though we believe it is due to our beliefs.

And this itself forms the very foundation of my framework. We’re effectively playing a game, a simulation, of our own evolutionary construction.

So I have to take the next leap now. Even if the pieces I start laying down don’t fit perfectly together at first, I need to just start laying them down.

The game can’t continue unless I’m willing to play it wholeheartedly.

Update: Just had an interesting idea about how to “lay out these pieces” of my work so far. I’d simply create posts that I then manually sort and cluster into categorized groups on a table of content page. So initially there are large gaps but over time these gaps get filled more and more. Once I feel like I’ve got enough content, I can then bring it together more cohesively as a “book.”

By Nollind Whachell

Questing to translate Joseph Campbell's Hero’s Journey into The Player’s Handbook for The Adventure of Your Life, thus making vertical (leadership) development an accessible, epic framework for everyone.

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