A few weeks ago I was playing a game of Snakes and Ladders with my daughter. Inside the box there was a piece of paper describing the origins of the game. I found the information really interesting and wanted to share what I’d discovered. I didn’t tell anyone though because I kept thinking that it was something everyone already knew and that I was silly for not knowing too.
The mind can be so mean!
So I thought I would share it here.
Snakes and Ladders is an ancient Indian game based on religious teachings. The ladders represent ‘virtues’ such as generosity, faith and reliability. The snakes represent ‘vices’ such as lust, greed, anger, murder and theft. The game teaches that by taking virtuous action we move forward in life faster and by taking action that aren’t virtuous then we move backwards in life.
The number of ladders is less than the number of snakes as a reminder that a path of good is much more difficult to tread than a path of sins.
I saw Snakes and Ladders in a whole new light. Until a few weeks ago it was just a simple game to play that really didn’t mean much.
Now I implement it’s concepts into my own life. There are actions that I know will move me closer to my goals and actions that will move me further away. My goal setting has become simpler, much like the game itself.
Is there anything you have ever been afraid to say because you thought it was too obvious, or you should know it already? Please share in the comments below.