Finite and Infinite Games- A vision of Life as Play and Possibility
by James P. Carse
"The myth of Jesus is exemplary, but not necessary. No myth is necessary. There is no story that must be told. Stories do not have a truth that someone needs to reveal, or someone needs to hear. It is part of the myth of Jesus that it makes itself unnecessary; it is a narrative o f the word becoming flesh, of language entering history; a narrative of the word becoming flesh and dying, of history entering language. Who listens to his myth cannot rise above history to utter timeless truths about it.
It is not necessary for infinite players to be Christians; indeed it is not possible for them to be Christians; indeed it is not possible for them to be Christians- seriously. Neither is it possible for them to be Buddhists, or Muslims, or atheists, or New Yorkers- seriously. All such titles can only be playful abstractions, mere performances for the sake of laughter.
Infinite players on are not serious actors in any story, but the joyful poets of a story that continues to originate what they cannot finish.
There is but one infinite game.