HARE AND TORTOISE
One of the most recognizable of Aesop’s fables is “The Hare and the Tortoise”. Everyone knows about the supremely overconfident hare challenging the slow (and probably, we tend to assume, dim-witted) tortoise to a race (of all things). Well, we all know how that turned out. Slow and steady won the race!Having now turned the corner of this worldwide Covid-19 pandemic, we can finally see the end in sight. At last, we can visualize more gatherings with friends, in large groups, without masks, feeling completely safe and secure. That vision is so seductively appealing. And yet…
We are not quite there. So near, yet so far. As human beings, we want what we want when we want it! But you have to be smart about this and not let wishes and desires cloud your judgement. Easier said than done, of course. Gamers Alliance is international and this applies to all of us! In my own country, the United States, some of our 50 states are opening up very very quickly. There are lots of reasons for this but the reasons are immaterial. What’s important is the very real risk of another Covid surge and/or the emergence of a new dominant Covid-19 variant.
We have to avoid playing the role of the hare: a bit too sure of ourselves, more than a little overconfident, taking chances that we need not take. Rather, masking, washing hands, social distancing – and getting vaccinated – is still the winning strategy. The goal is to be the undisputed winner in this race. To defeat Covid, you have to be like the tortoise. This can be hard, this can be frustrating, this can make you MAD!!! But it also makes you smart! Like the tortoise in that fable, SLOW AND STEADY wins the race!
In this issue of Gamers Alliance Report, we, once again, are the steadying influence in a world of hype and hyperbole, bringing insights and perspectives on games and their impact. We venture far and wide, visiting Paris, travelling to Canterbury and exploring the distant sands of the planet Dune. We build a cathedral – and hunt monsters! Selwyn Ward breaks over Brexit, James Davis shows his 3D personality while Greg J. Schloesser toys with koi. Chris Wray encounters Incas, Chris Kovac dives into magical duels and Kevin Whitmore embarks on a great race! Andrea “Liga” Ligabue soars into space and we flashback with Pevans! And of course, a whole lot more.
Until next time, Good Gaming!
Herb Levy, President
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