A sneak peek at my new coloring book and a little inspiration excerpted from Episode 63 of Future Fossils Podcast. Subscribe to my creative work on Patreon and you'll receive each new set of PDF coloring book pages as they're completed, along with accompanying notes and music, and a lot more!
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I'm reading James P. Carse's book Finite and Infinite Games, and one of the things that stuck with me that I just keep thinking about, talking about, is how he talks about: culture is an infinite game. There's no winner, you win by playing, the goal of the game is just to keep the game going. Society is a finite game where there are winners and losers. You get to a point and the goal of the game is just to preserve the history of the game, it's just to keep the people in power, they've earned it through their sacrifice, so we enshrine them in legend and myth and they've earned their merits and we all agree that these merits mean something... But what Carse was saying in that is that the finite game of society is actually happening within the infinite game of culture. That society is a culture that has forgotten that it is play. So it's taking itself really seriously. And so the difference between cultural activity as a life-enhancing, positive, everyone-wins kind of thing, and cultural activity as a life-destroying thing where some people win at other people's expense, is the seriousness with which people play the game. It's like, if you think there's a finite game with winners and losers, that's what you're going to create. That's what you're going to reinforce. But as soon as you have that "cosmic engagement," as soon as you see society's role within the larger human story, your society with its heroes and its history, and you zoom out to the point where you can see that it's just one of many societies and that all of them are just bubbles within this larger foam of human cultural activity, then suddenly it's not about getting to this endpoint where we have replaced this with a utopia or whatever. It's just about constantly allowing your heart to break open and reveal some new depth that motivates you to participate in this even more enthusiastically. That feels like the edge that we're dancing on, here...