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Life Is Like A Game (From The Toy Factory)

by Mark Cammack    June 15, 2019

The Happy Toy Company Product Development Chart. It shows that four individual manufacturing units each make one item. The four items made are unique.

The above chart represents intentional information isolation. The toy company has each product development unit make one part of a complete item. Only a few people at the top of the business know what the whole product is. The workers are uninformed. This is to maintain market secrecy until the new product is released. Can you guess what the educational toy is and how it works? Read on for answers to this and more.

Suppose we are a toy manufacturer. We like to make fun educational toys that children of all ages can enjoy. We have been doing market research and have what will probably be a winner in our upcoming product line-up. No public releases or advertisements will be made until the time is right. We want to keep it a secret until near the Christmas Season. Only a few persons at the top of the company know what the toy is and how it works.

Our new toy has several parts and sections. Our company also has different divisions and persons that can build prototypes and ongoing regular parts. We decide to let different branches make a single part each. They will not know what the complete toy looks like or does. No one at that level can say exactly what they are helping to build. They only know about one limited part.

This is what our current areas of knowledge and systems are like. We have anatomists, physiologists, chemists, physicists, mathematicians, engineers, medical doctors, designers, artists, psychologists, and the list goes on. Each person of a division sees life and the universe from a unique yet limited view. With the exception of a secrecy agreement with an organization, knowledge may be freely shared, yet this is not always pursued. This can lead to volitional information isolation. It is by choice or sometimes neglect. It is only by looking at the whole and how it operates that we can understand it.

"A part is a part only because it is part of the whole" - David Bohm

For example, a person is not completely understood if all someone else knows is a single field of chemistry, physics, psychology. or medicine. We may know some things about a person, but we still do not know the person. True knowledge of an individual, a culture, education, science, business, health, and most substantial matters requires both experience and holistic understanding. To maintain or improve physical fitness requires regular exercise. To develop as a complete human being requires regular varieties of enjoyable brain exercises to have a good mind. This is what children normally do as they grow and have fun with games. If this wonder and happiness is kept throughout life, miraculous things can happen. To keep growing is to keep gaining.

To progress further in life takes time and gaining insight into many fields of study as a polymath does. It requires a desire to focus our minds on things that matter to find important insights and solutions. It may require placing more value on who we are as persons rather than the game of accumulating material items. This is why human development in a positive way is needed. This is a reason to associate joy with learning and to accelerate our abilities.

If a person exercises their body, what will happen? If they also exercise their mind, what happens? Which games can lead to a positive outcome?

If your life depended on it, would you want...

the doctor who spent his time learning all they could, or the one who slacked off and barely made it through medical school?

the expert engineer who knows all about building the new bridge safely in the total environment, or the builder who just gets by?

the judge who never learned basic science, or the professional who took the time to learn why people are innocent or guilty based on scientific evidence?

At the large scale level of responsibility regarding an entire country's population, Dr. Richard Muller penned the book Physics For Future Presidents. He stated that it is important for decision-makers to have an enhanced understanding of things that can affect us all. Perhaps additional practical subjects are also in the reading library. Maybe we are the greatest deciders in our own lives.

What seems to have happened, much like the toy factory, is that we have to realize how all the parts fit together and work. We may keep building and understanding things as we do now, an item here and another there, yet all of this is part of a much larger world and universe. What is our place in it and how does it really operate? What are we building?

Have you guessed the solution to our brain-teaser?
Below is the answer to the toy company puzzle:

An image of a Tinker Blox building blocks set from Tinkertoy, Incorporated. It is from the year 1917.The front of the picture shows the alphabetic blocks saying in uppercase letters: TINKER BLOX, A THOUSAND THOUGHTS ARE IN THE BOX

Tinker Blox from Tinkertoy, Inc. allows creative play for children and some adults, too. This is from 1917 according to the New York Public Library.


All images, both author created and derived works, are © Copyright 2019 Mark Cammack. All rights reserved.

Really Happy Toy Company Product Development Chart created by author.

Derived work Tinker Blox image original is from the public domain courtesy of The New York Public Library:

Science, Industry and Business Library: General Collection , The New York Public Library. "Tinkerblox. A thousand thoughts are in the box" The New York Public Library Digital Collections. 1917-09. Digital Collections

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