Buddhism. Stoicism. Epicureanism. Christianity. Hinduism. It’s all but impossible to find a philosophical school or religion that does not venerate this inner peace – this stillness – as the highest good, and as the key to elite performance and a happy life. And when basically all the wisdom of the ancient world agrees on something, only a fool would decline to listen.*
While finite games are externally defined, infinite games are internally defined. The time of an infinite game is not world time, but time created within the play itself. Since each play of an infinite game eliminates boundaries it opens to players a new horizon of time.**
Developing presence through the exploration of solitude and stillness, to be happy and familiar and comfortable with ourselves, who we are and what our sense of life-purpose, opens up so many possibilities that it’s worth the time spent.
Indeed, as James Carse points out, the normal boundaries begin to alter and even disappear as we see them differently, and time deepens because our personal capacity to deal with complexity is growing.
This is the time of flow, who we are and what we do synchronising. It’s not only to be found in the experience of the one, but also between people who’re engaging in an activity being shaped by their combined capacities for playing with complexity rather than by the demands from without.