No Such Thing as Doors

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Jeremy is coming to visit tomorrow!  This is going to be a very interesting two weeks, I’m sure. I haven’t hung out with him in over a year and I’m sure that we have all changed quite a bit. I’m still super excited though! It’s going to be nice to hang out with someone that was so close to me. I hope that he brings his guitar because we need some new music on this porch. I’m growing weary of listening to Lil Wayne and Jay-Z every night.

Anyway, here are some of my favorite quotes from Infinite Games by James P. Carse:

“…the finite player plays to be powerful the infinite player plays with strength. A powerful person is one who brings the past to an outcome, settling all of it’s unresolved issues. A strong person is one who carries the past into the future showing that none of it’s issues is capable of resolution.”

-Page 39

 

“Evil is never intended as evil. Indeed, the contradiction inherent in all evil is that it originates in the desire to eliminate evil.”

“Your history does not belong to me. We live with each other in a common history.”

– 41

 

“Only that which can change can continue: this is the principle by which infinite players live.”

-45

 

“The more powerful we consider persons to be, the less we expect them to do…”

– 61

 

“Wealth is not so much possessed as it is performed.”

– 62

 

“…the poietai are the ones most likely to remember what has been forgotten.”

– 64

 

“Art is dramatic, opening always forward, beginning something that cannot be finished.”

-67

 

“Therefore, poets do not ‘fit’ into society, not because a place is denied them but because they do not take their ‘places’ seriously. They openly see its roles as theatrical, its styles as costumes, its rules conventional, its crisis arranged, its conflicts performed, and its metaphysics idealogical.”

-68

 

“Who lives horizonally is never somewhere, and is always in passage.”

-70

 

“What will undo any boundary is the awareness that it is our vision, and not what we are viewing, that is limited.”

-75

 

“The outcome brings the contradiction to perfection: by proving to the audience that they were wrong, we prove to ourselves that the audience was right.”

-88

 

“Finite sexuality is a form of theatre in which the distance between persons is regularly reduced to zero but in which neither touches the other.”

-96

 

“Lovers often sustain vivid reminders of extraordinary moments, but they are reminded at the same time of their impotence in recreating them. The appetite for novelty in lovemaking–new positions, the use of drugs, exotic surroundings, additional partners–is only a search for new moments that can live only in recollection. As with all finite play, the goal of veiled sexuality is to bring itself to an end.”

-99

 

“Stories set all necessities into the context of the possible.”

-125

 

“Explanations settle issues, showing that matters must end as they have. Narratives raise issues, showing that matters do not end as they must but as they do. Explanation sets the need for further inquiry aside; narratives invite us to rethink what we thought we knew. If the silence of nature is the possibility of language, language is the possibility of history.”

-125

 

“To use machines for control is to be controlled by the machine.”

-145

 

“Nature does not change; it has no inside or outside. It is therefore not possible to travel through it. All travel is therefore change within the traveler, and it is for that reason that travelers are always somewhere else. To travel is to grow.”

-154

 

“But waste is not the result of what we have made. It is what we have made. Waste plutonium is not an indirect consequence of the nuclear industry; it is a product of that industry.”

-156

 

“We understand nature as source when we understand ourselves as source. We abandon all attempts at an explanation of nature when we see that we cannot be explained, when our own self-origination cannot be stated as fact. We behold the irreducible otherness of nature when we behold ourselves as its other.”

-159

 

“The contradiction of finite play in its highest form: to play in such a way that all need for play is erased.”

-173

 

“Infinite players are not serious actors in any story, but the joyful poets of a story that continues to originate what they cannot finish.”

-176

 

“I do not therefore understand the story in terms of my experience, but my experience in terms of the story.”

-167

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Next up: Inner Work by Robert A. Johnson.

 

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