I think the person who created this is possibly my soulmate. I am not alone. I am not the only one who overthinks simple things!
However, I think I can win. Paper is a metaphor. It represents the written (and spoken) word, which has resulted in old sayings such as "the pen is mightier than the sword" (scissors or rocks, if we're talking about violence) and "sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never harm me" - not something we hold to be true anymore, but I'm pretty sure it also works with the metaphor. 'Paper' is words, writings, ideas - everything; it can even be used to represent diplomacy versus a violent war.
So Mr Anti-paper, as much as I love your thought process, I think you didn't quite finish it, perhaps we are not soulmates after all! Paper all the way!
Just to weigh in, you can't beat some genius thinking from Sheldon........:
Rock, paper, scissors, lizard, Spock
From The Big Bang Theory
Sheldon even uses 'paper' in a broader academic sense!
And since it's after 6am..... I think this might be my favourite thing I've found on Pinterest EVER (so far.... so much more to discover....):
"There is a drowsy state, between sleeping and waking; where you dream more in five minutes with your eyes half open, and yourself half conscious of everything that is passing around you, than you would in five nights with your eyes fast closed and your senses wrapt in perfect unconsciousness."
~ Charles Dickens