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Friends and brothers in arms,
Every morning, I wake up to a plethora of news about the wrongs in the world. The weight often seems overwhelming. What can we individuals do to contribute to fixings the ills of the world? The editorial page is rife with the words of concerned citizens calling us to action. Often, they inspire hope and motions that help us feel like we, given enough time, can overcome anything.
Yet no matter how many times I separate my cardboard into the little blue bin, no matter how often turn off the lights when I leave a room, no matter how much I let it mellow when it’s yellow, I still find a world in dire straits the following day. These actions are simply not cutting it. They give us perceived agency, but really they’re just chicken soup for the aware soul.
I tell you this not because I think we’re acting in futility. Even while we keep our eyes on the stars, we need to remember that our feet must remain firmly planted on the ground. Small steps can grant us agency, can allow us a sense of accomplishment, and can enable future generations to build from what we’re beginning.
That change can begin with pen and paper role playing games.
You may be rolling your eyes and wondering how this could be an answer to our problems. If RPGs are the answer, why haven’t we done this before?