Volume 11, Issue 2 (1982)
Synthesis at Olympia Conference
Let me tell you some of my reactions to the conference. The keynote address was informative and it left me depressed. It led me to think about the future in terms of: costly food, six pounds of pesticides in my food per year, increasing dissatisfaction with work, increasing crime, increasing pessimism, and a declining faith in leadership and in institutions. Nor did the pain ease when I heard that a nuclear blast may not be created by a large nation, because soon I heard that a small power could lead us to destruction. This feeling of mounting depression increased as I played the afternoon games. The games we played with the three index cards for the most part painted a very pessimistic view, and it did not help when I, in playing the Life-Styles game found myself unmarried and pregnant at age 20. It went from bad to worse. My game score of 50 placed me on the scale of happiness at “could have been better.”
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