Monopoly and the Meaninglessness of Life

by Sean McDowell

We live in an age of increasing emptiness and depression. While there are many contributing factors for this phenomenon, the classic American board game Monopoly offers an indispensable lesson. Let me explain.

Imagine I invite you over to my house to play Monopoly. When you arrive, you notice a strange setup. The board, money, and game pieces are all on the table. But so is a basketball, snorkel mask, donuts, a kitchen knife, and a TV.

Making Your Own Rules

Before you take the first turn, I announce that the typical rules no longer apply. You can roll the die and take a turn according to the traditional rules. Or you can simply do whatever you want: dribble the basketball on the kitchen floor, use the snorkel and go for a swim, turn on the TV, or eat the donuts. Since you know the goal of Monopoly, you decide to pull out hotels and place them on Boardwalk and Park Place.

When it’s my turn, I dribble the basketball over the board to disrupt your plan. Frustrated, you fix the board and refill your properties with hotels. I then take the board and throw it in the pool. It wouldn’t take very long for you to consider the game nonsensical. Why?…

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Monopoly and the Meaninglessness of Life