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If we all saw Bruce Almighty then the concept of Play God Day is pretty simple. What would you do if you were god for a day? It would of course be easy to come up with a plethora of ways in which we might go on a wish-fulfillment journey and do all of those activities and things we wished we’d done or currently wish we could do. If you’ve “got the power” then it’s easy to focus on yourself and all the things you want.

However, Play God Day seeks to get past those self-centered tendencies and calls us to extend out beyond the confines of our own desires and encourage or touch another person’s day. If you were god how would you change the world? If you had the place of the higher being you could set right all the wrongs you see in the world and that is the theme and purpose for this day.

History of Play God Day

Humans have always imagined what they might do if they were in the place of god and even those not given to such beliefs will often speak in terms of what they think a god ought to do. Ancient Egyptian Pharaohs were considered gods and would act as such and many other ancient texts reference men seeking to become gods or to take the place of a god.

In recent culture films such as Bruce Almighty explore the idea of what it means to play god and what those powers should entail. The discussion of “playing god” has become more prominent even as technology advances and humans delve into new areas of biology and other fields.

Celebrating Play God Day

The purpose of Play God Day is to perform some kind act for another person, or just generally contribute to the well-being of the world as a whole. There are many ways to go about this, if you’re so inclined.

Reaching out to help or encourage a co-worker or family member is an excellent way to start observing the day. Have you ever told your boss how much you like his style? Or maybe thanking the janitor on your way out would be more plausible. Instead of rushing past the car stranded on the side of the road you might stop and offer assistance, even if it’s just a phone call to a local gas station or towing service.

Ask yourself, “If I were god, what would I change about the current state of affairs?” and then see how many of those things you’re already capable of contributing to in your situation at home or at work. You might be surprised at the various ways in which a simple change might bring about the effect you want.

If you have children, discussing what changes they might make to the world if they were god can bring up many worthwhile topics for consideration and is a unique view into their different ways of viewing the world around them.

However far you take your observation of Play God Day, the consideration of what you might change in this world of ours is interesting at the very least, and maybe even eye-opening. You may not be god, but you certainly have the power to make the world a better place.