Therefore, the opposing strategy cannot be adhered to in the hope of being able to delay a long game. Rather the opposite will be the case.
Because whatever you do, the universe does something about it. It lets you do certain things, many of them not entirely without consequences.
Or at least no immediate and visible consequences.
And these consequences threaten your king with every further move. If you’re not faster, don’t keep your defenses up enough, or don’t accept the help of others without having to insist on treachery every time, you, who wanted to fight alone, will inevitably lose.
But the duration of the game is more important. Anyone who loses too quickly has obviously misunderstood life, hasn’t even bothered to do it, and has therefore transferred the epitome of the title of losing to existence as their personal legacy. Don’t worry, the universe can’t do anything with it anyway. It doesn’t judge it either. It’s just the only thing it’ll ever see of you. Even if you were to win, like a queen or a bishop, you would only have had an important role in the game of chess, which interested the people standing around, looking smart-ass to the point of puking, but actually cared less than you’d ever think.
There are probably thousands of other chess games going on right now. If a character is lost there, it only affects the rest of the game. And if that’s lost, it’s still gained for some other human being.
Humans are whole universes. For a universe, the chess pieces are whole living beings.
And so there are probably many universes. With all their own rules. But there is one thing all games have in common: Chess.
In whatever form it may be, and which nerve center you would need to understand it or to recognize it in the first place.
However, when it’s neither won nor lost – a stalemate, or a draw, or a tie – the whole game was either a waste, which it is anyway, or it provided the most telling insight that both worlds collided there , made an equal mistake, found each other equal in ability as worthy rivals, or fell in love with their opponent.
Or all together, in this exact order.
Each move made is an action. And every move embodies at the same time a beat of a second, which can be interpreted as a whole year.
So a chess clock with 1 minute and 40 seconds for each player, would represent a life with 100 years.
You are not that likely to get that old, your clock will most probably stop a few seconds before reaching the end, because in that time, you either figured out how to win in life, or someone already stabbed you, and sabotaged your natural dying process.
Additionally, doing anything is prolonging your life significantly. So if you hit the chess clock, you’ll get a few bonus years to live and to plan. The more you wait on the other hand, the more stress and misery you’ll experience later on.
There is only a limited number of moves.
Which also automatically suggests that at some point the two players will sit down at a table once again, place the clock, the board and the pieces, and just like that, without any significant reason, start drawing the first stone again.
Let’s see who wins.
I wish you a winning-streak-day!
Stay curious, stay healthy and…
Thank you for reading!