the fun theory

Would the world be different if life was more fun?

These are some of the questions being asked by proponents of The Fun Theory - “the thought that something as simple as fun is the easiest way to change people’s behaviour for the better.”
Through a variety of experiments fun is tested as a motivating factor to do good in the world (my favorite is the most recent one - “speed camera lottery” - see below). And it seems to work. Less speeding. More recycling. More stair walking. Fun makes us better people!

But does it? Really?

What does the the Fun Theory say about morality in our world? Are we so captivated by ourselves that we need good deeds to be entertaining? And I wonder, is this “change...for the better” actual change or simply momentary good behavior based on emotional pleasure? Is morality so hard to come by that we need to make it fun?

Or am I just a grumpy idealist needing to realize, for what it’s worth, that this project reminds us to stop taking life so seriously and have a good time already!?!

Well, for those of us interested in the sources of morality, I guess we should concede that fun can be a good thing, even if we're a little skeptical at it's ability to effect a deeper "change...for the better." And as a Christian I dare not forget that joy is part of the Fruit of the Spirit (joy is far more than fun, mind you, but I digress). Fun can’t be all bad!

Have fun!


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