biospheric game of life
"Failure or success seem to have been allotted to men by their stars. But they retain the power of wriggling, of fighting with their star or against it, and in the whole universe the only really interesting movement is this wriggle."
Forster, E. M. [Edward Morgan] (1879–1970), British novelist, essayist.
“Our Diversions: The Game of Life,” (1919).
The game is played by every
participant living on the planet.
board is unique in that it is actually created, assembled daily if
you will, by the reproductive members of the population.
The reproducing members of the population establish the contours
of the playing field on which all the trillion, quintillion or sextillion
numbers of players participate in the game every day.
The game is responsible for the ecological services that contribute
to the sufficiency of the playing field to handle such a large number
The object of the game is to keep running faster and faster
just to stay in the same place.
That objective is demanded by the fact that the faster reproducing
organisms establish the broad contours of the playing field to which
the slower producing organisms must adapt, if they are to continue
in the game.
Unlike games that have winners and losers the game of the biosphere
is won by every player optimizing the resources that are part of the
biophysical conditions that make the biosphere habitable, there are no winners only losers.
If the carrying capacity of the playing field is exceeded, all participants
lose who are playing the game.
If the assimilative capacity of the air, water, or other essential nutrient
driven ecological services is exceeded the game is compromised and the
number of players may --and often is-- reduced in number and variety.
When the game is compromised it is up to the players to repair the assimilative
capacity based on the existing rules and objectives of the game.
Restoring the assimilative & carrying capacities of the game board is
done by revegetating wetlands, planting forests, restocking or restoring
streams, lakes or re nourishing sources of open space, air, and water such
as underground aquifers, aquifer recharge areas, or watersheds.
The earth functioning well and optimally for enough of its creatures is the
ultimate outcome of the game in which we are engaging daily.
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