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Tao of Netrek

Do you find netrek to be a fun, relaxing way to relieve stress? No? Do you get the urge to throttle your teammates when they do dumb things, or (more usually) fail to do anything useful at all? Does it feel like a knife in the gut every time you see the enemy take a planet? Do you find the game to be less fun when the opposition is good? Do you send team messages, as Red Shirt has been known to do, like "You incompetent morons! Shoot that cloaker!"? Perhaps this post is for you.

A couple weeks ago I started the character Arjuna, named after the warrior in the Bhagavad-Gita (The Song of God). The Gita is sort of the Gospel of Hinduism. Arjuna is an archer who is supposed to go into battle, and Krishna is his charioteer (as well as being God). Krishna explains to Arjuna a yoga, actually several yogas, which are prescribed paths of spiritual life. Now I'm not religious, and don't know much about this stuff, so take this with a grain of salt. But I liked the "Karma Yoga", the path of selfless, God-dedicated action. Here are a few quotes regarding this yoga:

more fun than the attitude I had as Red Shirt, namely "we must win". I recommend it. Next time you find a netrek game aggravating instead of enjoyable, check out a copy of the Gita.


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