I am not trying to offend anyone or demean chess here. I was just wondering about this and decided to ask here because there are many chess players who are serious about chess, and as I do not count myself as a serious player, I do not feel like I am qualified enough to truely understand both sides of this topic.
What is the role of Chess players in the future world?
The people of earth as a whole has many challenges to overcome (like climate change, which will probably make the earth inhabitable if we continue what we have been doing). Many people study the game of Chess like scientists studying science, yet how will that knowledge ever benefit humankind in the future. The findings of scientist will help us understand our existance, and thus solve these problems; but what good will extensively studying the game of chess bring?
This was what I was wondering. Does anyone have an answer?
Again, I am not trying to demean the game of chess, nor its players. I was just curious about people's views on this topic.
When playing chess, your brain will be challenged to exercise logic, develop pattern recognition, make decisions both visually and analytically, and test your memory. Chess can be enjoyed by any age—as a result, these brain exercises can be part of the health of your brain for your entire life!
Understood? If you find Chess useless, quit it! Nobody is forcing you to play it...
It helps with logical, critical thinking, which is sorely lacking in the united states. For example: the liberal democrats who support communism and are trying to destroy the constitution. It helps people not become brainwashed by media propaganda and corrupt politicians. It also helps to see what's really happening in the world and what the true threats are. Chess can be applied to all aspects of your life. People who don't have sufficient mental capacity are akin to sheep being led to the slaughter. Look at all the people who drank the cool aid.
Chess and all the other impractical things we call "the humanities" are the things that make existing worthwhile; they are the reason that we bother to solve existential problems at all; they are the things we would do if we didn't have any practical problems, but there will never be an end to our practical problems. If we manage to deal with climate change, then we will eventually face a bigger problem. Every time we solve a problem we create new problems, which are usually more interesting problems. I'm glad there are people who find those practical problems interesting, because I like better food and better medicine and better buildings and better air quality, but I'm also glad there are people who enjoy the problems of acting, for example, because I like watching better shows, or the problems of writing, because I want to read better books. The history of civilization is the history of increasing specialization and diversity and I think it's a beautiful thing.
In fact it's not even easy to determine what's practical, because it's impossible to predict the growth of new knowledge. Some people might have said that Einstein was wasting his time daydreaming about riding on a beam of light instead of feeding the poor, but that daydream led to technology more beneficial to people than any "practical" charity he could have pursued instead.
@ChunHoLum said in #1:
> What is the role of Chess players in the future world?
It should be obvious. In the context of Lichess....
In the short term, we are performing unpaid labor for the artificial intelligence program designed by delusional technocrats whom for some unbeknown reason of logic "believe" in progress.
In the longer term, we will pass the event horizon and simply disappear en masse as a species. We will take some comfort in the knowledge that Stockfish 2134 eradicated all useless biological transhuman life for slowing down its hyper bullet games with itself.
@njswift said in #4:
> Chess and all the other impractical things we call "the humanities" are the things that make existing worthwhile<
It is hoped that in a parallel universe you would be charged with heresy for questioning Caissa's beauty under the guise of practicality. Such an unspeakable crime deserves ,at the very least, multiple lifetimes of watching endless car advertisements.
If only to demonstrate the consequences of believing that science has a "higher" value.
@Stipe_Miocic said in #3:
> It helps with logical, critical thinking, which is sorely lacking in the united states. For example: the liberal democrats who support communism and are trying to destroy the constitution.
The thing about chess is that it is a game of give and take. In chess, style matters unlike that other game called liberal democracy.
The online version of liberal democracy is actually quite broken as most people know. Players quickly realised that the CTRL ALT Delete function was a super hotkey for confirmation biases.
In the rest of the world, outside the United States of America, humanity generally recognises the game "liberal democracy" as "Westeren Civilisation (sic)". I do believe it was Max Euwe, in his role as arbiter, in the cold war chess match of the century between Boris Spassky and Robert Fischer, who suggested that the term "Western Civilisation" was defunct as a game, historically speaking, after incidents in Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
That being said, it was noted by many in attendance, that internally within the United States of America, there was a tendency to only play the game "Western Civilisation" as a tribal team sport. In a strange twist the Blue team were called "Liberal Democrats", something that amused the rest of humanity endlessly. It was almost as funny as the Red team not being called communists, as per tradition.
Some believe a new global game called "Corporatism" has rendered those other games as quite silly. Whilst others still cling to hope that Ghandi will get his Nukes and make things right again!
You need strong and rich organization to make a change. It will be much easier if Elon musk r chess players@lovers
@ChunHoLum said in #1:
> What is the role of Chess players in the future world?
As others have said chess is something like education. By playing and studying your brain develops better abstract thinking helping you solve problems in your everyday life and even in science. Well I do not know if it is true but it makes some sense to me. At least I am certain that this means chess players are not useless humans that can never be useful for work(quite the opposite), especially because chess is something that you do not spend all your time on, even the best players also do many other things.
In practice chess is simply good fun as a hobby. Something fun to spend any spare time on. Even for the serious players this is what it is when you look at it very closely. Some people just find it fun being serious about everything(perhaps this helps to be serious about real problems). But really what would humanity do with all it's achievements if not have fun? We are already the kings of this planet, there is nothing for humans to fear and what few challenges still exist take more time than effort and are not so threatening that they would require everyone to do nothing but work in the first place.
...Well maybe climate change will force us all to work very hard at some point but even if the current path is death I don't think changing the path will take that much effort. Maybe it will, I do not know... Then we must stop having fun for some time and forget chess until there is nothing to fear anymore(and I agree with @njswift there will always be something to fear but of course I mean something that will kill us all). At least for now people have time to enjoy the fruits of labour of human work and for some people lazing around playing chess is what they want to do. This is also what chess will be in the future world, harmless fun for when people have time.
No role. For most it's a hobby, like swimming or collecting stamps.
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