Date(s) - 09/01/2018
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
History of Play God Day
Humans have always imagined what they might do if they were in the place of god and even those not given to such beliefs will often speak in terms of what they think a god ought to do. Ancient Egyptian Pharaohs were considered gods and would act as such and many other ancient texts reference men seeking to become gods or to take the place of a god.
In recent culture films such as Bruce Almighty explore the idea of what it means to play god and what those powers should entail. The discussion of “playing god” has become more prominent even as technology advances and humans delve into new areas of biology and other fields.
Celebrating Play God Day
The purpose of Play God Day is to perform some kind act for another person, or just generally contribute to the well-being of the world as a whole. There are many ways to go about this, if you’re so inclined.
Reaching out to help or encourage a co-worker or family member is an excellent way to start observing the day. Have you ever told your boss how much you like his style? Or maybe thanking the janitor on your way out would be more plausible. Instead of rushing past the car stranded on the side of the road you might stop and offer assistance, even if it’s just a phone call to a local gas station or towing service.
Ask yourself, “If I were god, what would I change about the current state of affairs?” and then see how many of those things you’re already capable of contributing to in your situation at home or at work. You might be surprised at the various ways in which a simple change might bring about the effect you want.
If you have children, discussing what changes they might make to the world if they were god can bring up many worthwhile topics for consideration and is a unique view into their different ways of viewing the world around them.
However far you take your observation of Play God Day, the consideration of what you might change in this world of ours is interesting at the very least, and maybe even eye-opening. You may not be god, but you certainly have the power to make the world a better place.