Finite and infinite games

An interesting piece here trying to distinguish between finite and infinite games, from a book by James Carse, the basic definition being used here is that

“A finite game is a game that has fixed rules and boundaries, that is played for the purpose of winning and thereby ending the game.

An infinite game has no fixed rules or boundaries. In an infinite game you play with the boundaries and the purpose is to continue the game.”

There are a number of issues with this definition not least is that it defines all games as inherently voluntary, when we all know it’s possible to play games with someone against not only their will but their knowledge. Apparently also finite games have rules that can’t be broken and infinite games play with rules and boundaries, but I would say that you can break with Perhaps a definition of a game is required too.

My question really about all this is, is our life, a finite or infinite game? And should that affect our spirituality?


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