I think when we rid ourselves of the long held concept of either/or, Earth and all of its life will be a lot better off. It may have been necessary once long ago in our history to be an either/or kind of thinker, but today? We need to give AND a lot more room to play. In today's quantum world, there is no need for the win/lose, you or me, mine or yours, make or break. Imagine a world that embraces the word "AND' above "but" and "either your are for me or against me" mentalities. How do we enroll ourselves in Infinite Games, rather than finite games?
Finite and Infinite Games The Chance of a Lifetime
The rules of the finite game may not change; the rules of an infinite game must change.
Finite players play within boundaries; infinite players play with boundaries.
Finite players are serious; infinite games are playful.
A finite player plays to be powerful; an infinite player plays with strength>
A finite player consumes time; an infinite player generates time.
The finite player aims for eternal life; the infinite player aims for eternal birth>
The choice is yours.
James P. Carse, Finite and Infinite Games:
A Vision of life as Play and Possibility, 1986
Some games, of course, are meant to be finite. But Life has got to be played as an infinite game. This is where surprises challenge, emergence happens, higher order solutions found, life is play. Play is Life.
Infinite games are not compromises. They explore the heights of creativity. They take us to the edges of our thoughts and then beyond. They recognize timing, tradeoffs, and each of us as participant in the future of our choice.