I work in an office. There are a dozen people on my team. We sit in close proximity to one another, like 25-foot-diameter-close. All day, we...we talk. We laugh a lot. We cry sometimes. We eat constantly. We drink too much. We hold in farts. We fight. We talk sh*t. We confuse each other. We hate each other. We love each other.
And we're all working towards the same goal, for better or worse. We fight, claw and scrape for every last bit of progress every day. Some days are better than others. (Hey, it's the Internet—no one knows how it's going to act.) We are, you might say, on an undefined, treacherous expedition into uncharted territory with no promise of making it to the other side alive.
DOES THIS SOUNDS FAMILIAR YET?
Indeed, the social lessons learned in TOT apply to our modern society perhaps better than any other formal activities we ever engaged in as youngsters. When driving that damn four-wheeled beast of a wagon across the Midwest, if your daughter became sick, did you just leave her for dead and wait for the crows to pick her bones? No, no you didn't. You dropped everything—even buffalo meat—stopped the caravan, and you nursed her back to health. You gave her rest, food, and shelter from the stormy weather. You have the Mississippi River up ahead; every one needs to be at full strength.
So when one of our team members is sick with a leg infection—do we just leave her for dead, excluding her from all creative and business conversations? No, we incessantly instant message her while she's trying to sleep and ask why she hasn't scheduled our stories for the day. And like hey, no biggie, but has "31 Gorgeous Cars For Your Wednesday" been copy edited yet?
Teamwork. No one left behind, ever. All hands on deck.
(There was a brief intro in TOT that reminded the player of class and society. Was this wrong? No, it was not. The deeply-academic online outlet Buzzfeed.com negatively insinuates that the game was reinforcing and deepening societal stereotypes that ultimately "traumatized" us, but that's one big steaming pile of smarmy horse sh*t. The world is a dark, cold, unfair place, kid, and you better get used to it now or you're in for a world of trouble. Frankly, I appreciated the honesty.)