A responsibility to awe*

If there were no problems, it wouldn’t be much fun.**
Alan Lightman

It is, therefore, this fluidity that presents us with an unavoidable challenge: how to contain the serious within the truly playful; that is to keep all our finite games in infinite play.^
James Carse

Playfulness enables us to meet problems
with flexibility
rather than
“There is only one way to do this,”
Is a very serious approach;
Without distance and its accompanying perspective
We are unable to see many more ways.

A good place to begin towards playfulness is
to follow our awe:

Awe diminishes the press of self-interest and reorients the mind to interconnection and design.^^

What awes you?
When you follow it,
There will be found opportunities to play.

*From Rebecca Elson’s A Responsibility to Awe;
**Alan Lightman’s A Sense of the Mysterious;
^James Carse’s Finite and Infinite Games;
^^Dacher Keltner’s Born to Be Good.

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