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Poem: Analysis of the Game of Risk?

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Post by jjbreunig3 » August 14, 2014, 5:42 am

Are there real lessons to be learned,
from playing the board Game of Risk?
Is it just a fun, leisurely past time
with gameplay that can be fairly brisk?

Its premise promotes outright conflict,
albeit on a miniature scale and timetable.
With some posturing and open discussions,
attacks proceed without mortality tables.

Between uneasy alliances (based on lies)
and few verbal, unenforceable treaties,
what attitudes are honed while players
develop their world-domination strategies?

Using the armies of lifeless soldiers
to sate personal needs of global conquest,
wannabe dictators wave ideas of war-policy
with banners hiding a pseudo blood-lust.

From war campaigns with rules of engagement
that follow a predetermined, orderly sequence,
are societies secretly pushing warmongering
with unknown and unforeseen consequences?

Covert operations are not possible or deployed,
as military movements are clearly seen by all;
when acquiring territories around the World,
can a bad cause spread before an uncertain fall?

Does odds calculation for incremental success
as combatants tumble the dice of aggression,
dissuade future, role-playing battlers to not
kill others in favor of peaceful solutions?

Are we actually teaching our future generations
that war will be a permanent, acceptable ideal?
Can the human condition continue moving forward…
while the concept of peace may be sadly repealed?
Logic, when applied to people, fails miserably. --Joseph J. Breunig 3rd

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Post by Davidf » August 14, 2014, 1:55 pm

An interesting poem. I would love peace myself and have written poems on the subject, some of which I have posted here, until I came to the conclusion it may never happen. Of course, the end of the world come where we are all in Heaven, but I don't see that happening in our lifetime. It is not impossible, so let's keep hope alive... :D:
Have a blessed day!

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Post by Lion~* » August 18, 2014, 8:42 pm

Are we actually teaching our future generations
that war will be a permanent, acceptable ideal?
Can the human condition continue moving forward…
while the concept of peace may be sadly repealed?

From the first loss of life on this earth it has been war upon war. Always, somewhere, someone fighting for freedom from oppression, for land or a loaf of bread. The human condition moves on generation after generation on hope, faith and love while families have been marched off, blown up, pillaged into an unrecognizable state of destitute. Until the indomitable spirit rises, comes back, builds up, makes love, births children and instills honor, belief and unshakable love that will thrive and survive throughout history!

It is pitiful that "Lest We Forget" resounds each year and constantly someone somewhere is never remembering. Love and respect for life can reside in the vast majority and still the war mongers hold up their weapons or malice and teach ungodly inhumanity .

Until the call is * NO MORE* by All and remembered... the pity of the human condition will go on.

Fill your paper with the breathings of your heart...William Wordsworth

Follow your honest convictions, and stay strong. - William Thackeray

The bottom line, especially for my character,
is the issue of unconditional love.”
Matthew Weeden

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