I have never seen the movie War Games. At least I don’t recall ever watching it. I suppose its entirely possible I caught it at midnight years ago and slept through it. If so, does that count as having watched it? These days I now keep a running list of movies I catch each year. I do love that Evernote app. But I digress. I haven’t, as far as I know seen the movie War Games. But I am familiar with several quotes from it. Just this past week I saw some individuals on Facebook quoting the movie. And it got me thinking.
Specifically, as part of game theory, some noted “The only winning move is not to play.” Indeed that very well may be in some instances. I was thinking more along the lines how it completely frustrates some people when you refuse to engage in dysfunctional, non-fruitful discussions and eventual offputting mindgames. It could be argued that by not engaging, knowing full well the consequences, you are engaging in mindgames. It can be a winning hand.
On the other hand, sometimes you do just have to engage with the full intent to crush and defeat the other. It all depends on what the game is. Sometimes you just have to make it seem like you are not going to play. But then you sweep in with a boss move.
Maybe this is all silly and I really need to stop watching all sorts of movies at midnight and turn Facebook off.