Play Already

| November 3, 2013
We can safely assert, even, that human civilization has added no essential feature to the general idea of play.
—Johan Huizinga, Homo Ludens, 1949.

And facing my other most similar faces, those of men, this despair turns in on itself in one last spasm and, with my nails digging into my palm, my fist clenches so as to crush a phantom egg from which, if I could bring myself to believe it, a hope to teach might sprout. No, I intended only to state what it was for those who knew it already, those who already have laughed that laugh, just to let them know what I am talking about.
—René Daumal, Pataphysical Essays