MORAL MONOPOLY: The Educational Card Game


The sculpture of the Abrahamic family by Judith Brown, above, presents the three monumental patriarchs versus four diminutive women, the matriarchs, and two big birds, the chicks or the concubines. The installation dramatizes the inequity between men and women as defended by the three Abrahamic religions. The backdrop to the Abrahamic family illustrates the 9/11 Islamist attack on the towers of Judeo-Christian values dramatizes the failure of the current three theistic moral paradigms. The tragedy of 9/11, the reoccurrence of the destruction of the towers of Babel, illustrates the unresolved conflicts of the Abrahamic family representing the failure of the traditional moral paradigms to deliver the promised Peace of Earth. 

The outstanding conflict in the Abrahamic religions is resolved by the scientific moral paradigm introducing the missing formal operation necessary in resolving conflicts: it is mutual respect between partners, here between the genders. The world needs Moral Science's scientific moral paradigm.  

The game-board of Moral Monopoly illustrates the map of the unconscious as the scientific moral paradigm. Eight sine curves present the cards of each suit as six-role state episodes of stories as conflict resolution sequences. The six-role process is inscribed on the board with the names of the six roles to accommodate the cards of the eight stories two from each of the four cultures. Each quadrant represents a suit as a different relational modality. The game-board is the map of the unconscious illustrating the six-role conflict resolution process as well as the four relational modalities corresponding to the four suits. The four relational modalities are spelled in the board diagnosing each culture. The modalities evolve improving relations in the family along the signage from the black upside down heart of the spade, to the club, through the diamond to the red upright heart. This evolution of modalities is like the seasons of the year evolving from winter to harvest. The game-board is the new self-improving moral paradigm encompassing all religions as an orderly progression improving family relations and redefining the divine. Religions are integrated as complementary discoveries of the Moral Science, which clarifies moral values as the three scientific principles of conflict resolution: mastery, cooperation and mutual respect. 

Moral Monopoly, MM, is an educational card-game introducing the formal analysis of cultural stories as a progression of scientific discoveries improving family relations and the definition of the divine. The game respects the religion as moral monopolies but integrates them as complementary discoveries of the Moral Science

Method: The game utilizes the structure of the deck of cards as a metaphor illustrating the three components of the unconscious: the four suits corresponding to four relational modalities, the cards of each suit reflecting the syndromal six-role process structure of stories, and the signage of the suits, spade to heart, reflecting symbolically incremental effectiveness.

These distinctions make the game-board into the map of the unconscious: each quadrant corresponds to a religion as a relational modality, exemplified by two stories, mythic and historical as the syndromal six-role structure of stories. Eight stories reflect how religions evolved improving the family institution from matriarchy to patriarchy, to asceticism and monotheism. The players examine the formal attributes of each cultural story beginning from the Aztec culture, then the Greek, Indian and Judaic.

Findings: The players are asked the following questions: Do the six episodes of stories represent resolutions? Do they resolve conflicts along the ascribed relational modality-diagnoses? Do they evolve improving the family role-relations?

Discussion: Placing the stories in a scientific context, the players learn about the psychology of conflict resolution and about religions as complementary discoveries of the science improving family relations. Observing the creative process as a scientific conflict resolution phenomenon leads to understanding psychology as the Science of Conflict Resolution, while recognizing religions as discoveries of the relational modalities integrated into the Moral Science thus revamping agnostic psychology and demystifying dogma-based moralities.