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We need play to live an enriching and healthy life

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Started: 4/6/2018 Category: Philosophy
Updated: 3 years ago Status: Debating Period
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With thanks to my opponent for a interesting debate, I shall proceed with my argument.

Throughout the annals of time, play has been considered by many to be an essential component in one's life. Play, as defined by the Oxford English Dictionary, is to engage in an activity for enjoyment and recreation rather than a serious or practical purpose. [1] With increasing stress and competition to obtain the holy grail of being at the top position in life where one is entitled to privileges available to few, most people look to entertainment as a vacation from their daily problems. Perhaps, this has given rise to sayings such as 'all work but no play makes Jack a dull boy' and led some to concieve that play, indeed, is paramount in the fulfilment of one's life - to make it a enriching and healthy one.

Loosely defined, fulfilment is satisfaction one experiences from their achievements in life. Based on this concept, I strongly believe that play is not an integral factor in our lives but instead, a distraction that leads one astray on the path to a meaningful life.

Firstly, for elucidation purposes, it must be noted that play, in the modern society for most, generally refers to entertainment platforms such as social media for communication, digital games, and the television. These are the activities that many engage in for leisure. [3] From the staggering amount of time spent in these methods of 'playing', one would surely think 'does these activites really add a new layer of meaning to my life?' In my opinion, play do not play a pivotal role in one's life. As many distinguished achievers may agree, the life of an individual is shaped by his purpose in life which is achieved through the pursuit of self-improvement. Nobody wishes to belong in the dregs of society, not accomplishing anything in their life and merely living life for the sake of living. In retrospect, most of us want to live an exciting life. Hence, with this in mind, isn't play then, just a distraction that deter us from living life to the fullest?

The majority of modern people today indulge in these distractions and convince themselves that they paint the colours of happiness that overrides the problems they face in daily life. Some even argue that these activities teach them important information that can help improve their lives. For instance, communicating in social media enables one to be more connected to the world, digital games prompts one to use their problem solving skills and television programs allow people to gain beneficial information. While this may be true, this argument is still flawed in a lot of ways. Do people really engage in 'play' just to improve themselves? Unfortunately, the answer to this question is negative. If people play for self-improvement, then, why is there an unprecedented increase in youth unemployment ? [4] Why is there still such a prominence of violent and eggregious acts in the modern society? In face of these problems, it would seem that play do not leave people with impactful knowledge that causes them to be qualified for employment nor a moral compass that helps them to be true to their values. The reality is that many see play as a intoxicating method of instant gratification; as a matter of fact, it does not really pushes one's life to be more enriching or healthy.

On the other hand, if one wants to live a fulfiling life, they should invest in themselves instead of playing with their lives. This is done through self-improvement. For example, people should learn new skills or deepen their knowledge through reading books, exercise or simply just pursuing their hobbies. An inquisitive and open mind engenders a life that is worthwhile. One can gain pleasure that is the same, if not, greater than the temporary bliss they feel from play if they look back in their lives, and marvel at the process they have been through, the fights they have endured and the uncharted path that they have treaded across successfully. As the saying goes 'you reap what you sow', planting seeds of instant gratification would bear fruits which allow one to enjoy cloying sweetness that is followed by bitterness while planting seeds of labour would allow one to relish in a bountiful harvest of sweet satisfaction.

In conclusion, play is not a necessity in one's journey as it does not really aid one in their future endeavours and only serves to blind and hinder one from a purposeful life. Truth be told, our love for material pleasures may have led us to become blind to our true goal in life. This does not however, mask the fact that there are many facets of life to look forward to. Ultimately, one should be propelled forward by obtaining contentment from accomplishments instead of stumbling down the slippery slope of play. Failure to do so would lead to one finding themselves unable to climb out of the vicious cycle of forever seeking temporal joy and living as an empty shell.




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