Thursday, December 8, 2016

Gamification and Making of Money and Getting Good Grades

I think that gamification is a model for understanding the love of money and for understanding academic excellence, or rather, academic high achievement.


I was grading papers and it occurs to me that gamification might be a good metaphor for understanding academic achievement.  I mean beyond getting a gold star on your homework, but a more adult business version of gamification.

Then I think maybe we could interpret the love of money--as a subset of ordinary economic activity--as a subset of the gamification of productivity.  Productivity in itself doesn't drive accumulation of wealth, but maybe it would if we viewed it under the rules of gaming.

The ends that we seek in schooling and in moneymaking are, at the base, necessities. For the things people learn, it is important (historically and in principle) to master both the process of learning (virtues and habits that support academic achievements) and the product of learning (instant recall of facts and narratives).  But these necessities aren't transparently obvious to those involved in learning or moneymaking--at least, at the time when the work is onerous, and excepting when hunger drives labor.  But everyone can grasp the seeming goodness of a gamified process and their metaphorical Gold Stars.

On gamification--a fairly random selection on the subject: "Do you want to run a digital business? Gamification is a must."

Monday, August 1, 2016

Go home and lead a quiet life.

Today August 1 2016

I think I want to carry my life forward whether anyone but God is watching or not.  God is always watching me, and I want to always watch God, set my eyes on Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith.

Re: other people, love is the #1 priority.
After that, I want to stay focussed on my inner guidance system.  I so often compromise my own practical good for the sake of keeping the peace.

About the election, I need to not be engaged, except for to pray and fast.

When Roe v Wade was decided, people who loved the unborn said that God would judge us.  Pooh pooh, the choice people said.

A few years ago when the Supreme Court said that an individual's right to decide for oneself what the truth is, what the meaning of life is--established this radical autonomy right, First Things magazine, and I in concurrence, said that this was the end of democracy.  Others said Pooh, pooh.

I studied Jeremiah and Isaiah.  Yes, it can happen.

A few years ago, our church made a radical reversal on following the scriptures to not following the scriptures on the household commandments.  I believe that God gave me a word then that He was judging us, and that He held up the plumbline, and that He was done with us.

What we can do is be faithful to our calling, as far as we can, with whatever is under my/our/the reader's own purview; and can be faithful to pray and intercede and support (as did Jeremiah and Isaiah) those who are over us in God's lines of authority.

And we can stay in the Lord, in the Lord's armor, and live quiet lives as much as it is in one's own ability.

Amen.