A short thought this evening. Slight spoilers for Arrival.
The movie Arrival poses a very interesting point for us to consider. The protagonist says that the goal and subtext of the language and games we use shape our framing and understanding of our world. If they had tried to communicate with the aliens via chess, then the subtext of the conversation would be conflict and strife.
What was the subtext as you were growing up? How did the games you played shape your point of view? What books did you read that subtly shaped how you see the world? When did the words of a movie character shape a decision you made?
I look back on my life and see the influence of dozens of different sources. Not all of them helped. Now I choose my influences a bit more carefully. How will you choose yours?