There's some great answers here! Thanks everyone, it's been helpful.
@Angela: Lol, I love your way of explaining spirituality as being equivalent to a striptease
@Steve: Yeah, I had forgotten about subjective reality. In that sense, spirituality is a step in between the two.
After reading the responses in this thread, I realized the answer to the problem. As I mentioned in the op, in the computer game Civilization, I like to pretend I'm really the leader of a nation and that I'm competition against other real world countries. My goal is to win each game. However, there are times when I set the difficulty of the game to be quite challenging for me, or I set myself up in a situation that is hard to overcome. My skill levels aren't up to the tasks yet of being certain of succeeding. So at times, it creates an overwhelming situation and while I love a good challenge, if the situation seems hopeless or too overwhelming for me, the game can stress the hell out of me. Since I want to enjoy my experience in playing the game, when I realized I've become quite stressed in a bad way, I consciously step back and remind myself that this is just a game. I usually then manually shift my goal from outright victory, to simply making it a game of seeing how long I can survive against the onslaught and overwhelming odds. I figure I can have fun that way, and I'll get to learn something about playing at this higher level. So, with this shift in attitude, I go from being stressed and frustrated to having fun, being lighthearted and curious. More often then not with this shift in attitude and goal, not only does my "country" survive, but I can sometimes even manage to win against what seemed like overwhelming odds at first.
Therefore, because I can pull back occasionally in a computer game to view the reality (that I am a human being playing a game on a computer), I can shift my point of view and make the process of playing the game more fun - and ultimately, increase my skill at playing the game. I can always go back and totally submerge myself into the game, and then step out of it when need be.
So, taking the same analogy to real life, then that would mean that pulling back and viewing things from a spiritual sense, I could have more fun, and make my life much more effective.
Ok, I don't feel like spirituality is cheating anymore
. In fact, spirituality now seems like a very vital process in order to play the game of life much more effectively and being able to submerge more successfully in it.
Ok, I'm up to continuing the striptease experience now of spiritual life
Thanks everyone, you guys are awesome