60/365 – Meditation Games #60 – Skeletal Journey
Developer Credits: joon, Jared Lunt
Launcher Quote: “March 1st is Zero Discrimination Day, celebrated by the UN.
No humans deserve to be discriminated against. Today, on March 1st, I will think about what I can do to help remove barriers for others, as well as how to ask those more privileged than myself to do the same.
Moving towards zero discrimination requires a lot of work, which will take many different shapes, and require many bodies to pull together.
I decided to make a short exploration on bodies. Skeletons, just underneath our exterior which is too often cause for discrimination, are mostly similar and made up of the same components for all humans. While exploring this, I hope you’ll join me in thinking how I can use my skeleton to move towards less discrimination in all areas that affect those around me.”
Typically when you receive a reminder about something that is an overarching tenet or belief or practice you should be following, like today’s lesson in remembering not to discriminate, you’re told to see the big picture. You’re supposed to see the whole of everything, pull back from your specific situations and think bigger and not smaller. It wouldn’t have surprised me for joon and Jared to have taken this approach with today’s game and they would have been completely fine doing so.
But curiously enough, the developers took the opposite approach, telling us to delve deeper in ourselves to see the things that are the same no matter who we are in terms of the human body, referring to a skeleton specifically. We journey upward through the skeletal structure, setting off lights as we go as a guideline, but seeing what is distinctly human all the way around. We’re never told or shown what gender, race, or country this person comes from nor should we. The whole point of this, of course, is to see that on the inside there is much the same that basically puts us in a single bucket from which we shouldn’t be so discriminatory, which is a unique way of approaching the issue rather than from a holistic, big picture standpoint.
It’s worth noting the that journey through the skeleton itself is slow and deliberate, and I think that’s on purpose. You’re meant to look around you, see the bone structure and the familiar elements you were taught in grade school as far as human anatomy is concerned, and know and reflect that these are elements every body has. The guiding lights are, I think a nice bonus and addition to this, guiding our way on a journey that is meant to show us something specific, small, and inside all of us. Perhaps the hope is that the light of insight about fighting discrimination and not letting it bias our opinions or ideas is what’s meant here, as well.