Play and Possibility – Finite vs Infinite Games

β€œThere are at least two kinds of games,” states James P. Carse in his book “Finite and Infinite Games“. He goes on to explain: β€œOne could be called finite; the other infinite. A finite game is played for the purpose of winning, an infinite game for the purpose of continuing the play.”

Formal competitions, e.g. sports matches, are finite games. The point of playing is to duel, bring the game to an end, declare a winner or loser, game-over forever, and then move on.

There is a saying that “life’s a game”. It certainly is a game. But what kind of a game? Life is better approached with a view to keeping the game going, keeping yourself in play and keeping others in play too, i.e. as an infinite game. You can’t play life to just win and bring the game to an end. At best, that’s a zero sum game.

How are you participating in and staying in-play in the infinite game that is life? How are you bringing others along to remain in play long after you’ve gone?

The three key ingredients to winning the infinite game of life are fitness, fellowship and faith. Faith being a belief in something outside of or bigger than yourself, e.g. service, community, being better for those around you.

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