Language, history and curiosities in games.
I don’t play to win or lose. I play to know whether I’m going to win or lose.
We have to conclude, therefore, that civilization is, in its earliest phases, played. It does not come from play like a baby detaching itself from the womb: it arises in and as play, and never leaves it.
Play is battle and battle is play.
For seriousness seeks to exclude play, whereas play can very well include seriousness.
Play may rise to heights of beauty and sublimity that leave seriousness far beneath.