THERE is an excitement to being reckless.
It’s not what you might expect from a game based on agriculture but here is a world where actions don’t seem to have consequences.
For instance, there is joy to be had in driving a shiny, expensive tractor into a water reservoir to see what happens.
(It sinks to the bottom and stays there while the player is magically “transferred” out of the vehicle onto dry land).
The machines can be reset, which means they appear back on the farm as if they’d never left.
Other adventure can be had by driving a grain harvester full pelt at an oncoming car, or seeing what angle a tractor towing a water tank can be driven at along a rocky outcrop before it tips and rolls to the bottom.
It’s not like modern racing games where the car sustains damage and costs the user. In Farming Simulator, you just keep on ploughing.
Doing these kinds of acts in real life would not only be dangerous but would most likely cost a person a lot of money, not to mention broken parts of his or her body.
In the context of a game, you can get away with just about anything. That’s the beauty of video and computer games in general- they allow you to experience and do things you wouldn’t otherwise do.
Real life has consequences though.
Decisions and actions affect ourselves and other people, whether we like or anticipate it, or not.
It’s human nature to consider how a certain course of action will affect ourselves.
Our communities would be better off if we considered how the particular decision we are about to make is going to affect our neighbour, parents, guardians, relatives, co-workers, employer, etc.
Decisions made with the good of others in mind is a more Godly way of thinking.
There can be a temporary excitement to reckless decisions in life. Sure, we might not drive a livestock trailer into a lake for a laugh but the temptation is there for instant thrills and cheap gratification, regardless of how it might impact another human.
When it comes to decisions, it should really boil down to asking two things:
1) Will this bring glory to God?
2) Am I showing love to others by doing this?
And don’t use your tractor as a submarine.
“And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ The second is this: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these” - Mark 12: 30-31.