“The chess-board is the world; the pieces are the phenomena of the universe; the rules of the game are what we call the laws of Nature. The player on the other side is hidden from us. We know that his play is always fair, and patient. But also we know, to our cost, that he never overlooks a mistake, or makes the smallest allowance for ignorance.”
— Thomas Henry Huxley
The Player on the other side determines what the game is. Sometimes it is checkers where the moves are relatively simple and I only need to think a few steps ahead. Sometimes he rolls the dice and my next play comes out to a combination of luck and telekinesis (“Are there any tele-kinetics out there in the audience. Raise my hand”) Sometimes we play Chess and strategy is required and like the quote says, he is fair , patient and unforgiving. More often than not he plays Dungeon Master and my life resembles a Dungeons and Dragon game that combines luck, skill and strategy to win out. The best thing about those times is the amount of choice available including who I get to be in the situation. If I could I’d figure out how to be a Magician Warrior Bard but then part of my nature seems to want to explore as many options as possible. Still Circumstances as well as whim determines the Player’s choice of game.
You may think that I abdicate responsibility when I speak of the choices of this player. You may even think I don’t have the courage to decide myself and so I embrace this ridiculous dichotomy. Yet its it still duality when we realize that the player on the other side is myself and every game and move designed with my evolution in mind?
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