I was watching a movie last night where the characters played a truth or dare type game. Morally speaking, what would be the problem with that?
Back in college, my friends and I would play truth or dare and similar games. For better or worse, we were close enough and knew pretty much all each other’s secrets so–except for some of the more ridiculous dares–it never struck me as problematic. We honestly knew worse “secrets” about one another than typically came up in the games so it never struck us as a big deal. After a while it got to be old hat so we quit playing games like it. A few years later, at a party with a different crowd of people, a similar game was being played and one of my friends asked the sort of question we’d always ask when we were playing (and a relatively mild one at that). The whole crowd was offended, even though the stated point of the game was to ask that sort of question.
I’ve avoided games like it since (we’re talking like the last 20 or so years), but never really thought about it in moral terms until watching this movie. While something about the game feels wrong, Leaving the dare part out of it, I can’t really determine what the issue would be from a moral/sinful point of view. As long as everyone is playing by the rules, there’s no lying involved. There’s no defamation or anything of that nature since the person answering the question is the one offering up the information. There’s no gossip involved if the rules are heeded. I suppose it could be seen as scandalous depending on what was asked, but I’m not sure even that would be the case if the people involved are willing participants. Any ideas?