It Could be Worse

by Bernard De Koven on June 13, 2004

There’s a game called It Could Be Worse where each player has to think of something awful that “really” happened that was definitely more awful than anything that anyone else thought of.

For example, you say to yourself: “I think I’m going to lose my job.” Then, your self says to you: “It could be worse, you could have already lost your job.” And then you respond to yourself “It could be worse than that. I could have lost my self-esteem.” To which your self responds “It could have even been worse than that, you could have discovered that you don’t have any self that’s esteem-worthy.” Etc. Etc.

You can play it sitting in a circle, someone saying something that could be worse, someone else, anyone, whoever thinks of it, saying something that could be worse than that. And then someone else. And then someone still else. Worse and worse and worse. Until someone says “it could’ve been better.”

Some say that this is a variation of the more
 classic game: You Think You’ve Got Troubles?

It’s a very funny game. It’s funny how funny that game is. You’d think it would be depressing. But you’d be wrong.

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