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Tic Tac Oh Oh

In the game of Tic-Tac-Toe it has been estimated that if two players with intermediate level experience squared off against one another, the odds of it resulting in a tie (called a Cat’s Game) is 51 percent of the time.

When two experienced players set up shop for a match, the game will result in a tie 86 percent of the time.

And if two Tic-Tac-Toe experts were to get together, a tie would occur 100 percent of the time.

I like to think that each of us is an expert in being human. You, me, your neighbour, citizens alike…we are experts in being humane. I give each of us the benefit of the doubt. I hope you do, too.

We are the experts to uphold our decency, our morality, our values…our humanity.

If we use Tic-Tac-Toe as a metaphor for the current mode of operations in the new Trump administration, it feels as though there is no longer a chance for a tie. Life is no longer a zero sum game. Society has quickly moved to one where the bully has overtaken the board. Trump seems to hold power over our humanity. He is relishing the moment with hidden tones of fascism.

Society’s expert status seems to have eroded. There is no longer a chance for the tie.

We need to fight back. Whatever your nationality and wherever you live, it is time to become an open thinker. The current status quo–of a bully unilaterally in charge of the Tic-Tac-Toe board–must be squashed.

Our humanity depends on it.

It is time we got creative. The bully may be in charge of the board right now, but that doesn’t mean we can’t think openly and creatively to outwit his rhetoric. It’s time to play off the board. It is time to rally.

1Comment

  • Gail Severini / 28 January 2017 5:24

    Seems to me that your next book needs to be on open thinking 🙂

    The one thing I think we have to remember here is that we are not ‘enemies’ with our political opposites (note I did not say opponents). I have many friends and families who believe in different approaches (and sometimes values) than I do. Most (regardless of where they live) are not supporting ALL of the new Trump administration’s platform rather they do have real (i.e. legitimate) concerns that they feel the democrats denied. If they had not felt left out then Trump would not have had a path to presidency. Now we actually have the reverse scenario and my concern is that, as you point out, nobody “wins”.

    We will never operate as communities if we take the position of facing off against each other. Rather, it seems to me, we must re-double grassroots efforts to get to know each other and find solutions that meet the basics needs of all. Maybe we need to re-set “our” purpose. This might pair open thinking with integrative thinking.

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