So, we are now a society divided into two categories yet again, those who play Pokemon, and those who make fun of the ones who do.
We hear a lot about about how certain politicians have divided us, but we’ve only ourselves to blame. No one can divide us without our consent. We do that to ourselves. Let’s stop blaming others for the state of the world and start looking inward. Let’s start by examining our own hearts, and asking how we’ve contributed to the chaos.
Is it any of my business if a grown adult wants to play a game? Should I think I’m smarter, better, cooler for not playing? It’s a harmless game. The insults directed at the players, are themselves a sort of game that deserves a bit of scrutiny.
Perhaps it’s possible to be a decent human being who is a productive and responsible member of society, deserving of respect, who also plays video games.
Let’s stop being so damned judgmental about how others spend their leisure time. Unless they’re out there kicking puppies, throwing rocks at strangers, or some other horrendous crime, does it really matter what game they play? Some of the same folks throwing shade (is that what the cool kids say?) on Pokemon Go players are the very ones from whom I had to block endless FarmVille requests. At least Pokemon Go gets you up, and moving, and interacting with real people. We hear so many complaints about young people having too much screen time and not enough human contact. This game is bringing people together.
If you have time to criticise how others entertain themselves, consider taking up a hobby. I recommend starting with reading a book. Try this one, Sweeping Up Glass by Carolyn Wall. It’s an instant classic, in my opinion. It deals with issues of loss, race, redemption, and love. I gave it five stars, because I couldn’t put it down. This engaging story will have your nose buried in a book, instead of someone else’s business.