Playing MMORPG games on the interweb has been a hobby here in the Furlong house.
Once, almost the whole family played together. I enjoyed that. Currently we are playing a different game – with only a few of us.
But yesterday, I was thinking about death. One day, whilst fighting monsters in a cave on Runescape several years ago, I got chatting to another player working next to me.
I ascertained he was twelve years old. We talked about the game. Then, the inevitable question came. “How old are YOU?” he asked. I always dreaded that question – and I could have lied – but I never used to. I texted back “I’m sixty five”.
Then he texted back a profound thing. I have laughed and laughed about it ever since.
“Are you just playing Runescape while you are waiting to die?”
And of course the answer for all of us – is – yes.