Snakes & Ladders

Snakes and ladders, a game that I have played all my life. Until yesterday, when I played it after many years and perhaps understood it for the first time. I realised to my amazement that this seemingly simple game is pure philosophy. Imitating life, it is a game of destiny. Life has its ups and downs and that’s what this game is all about. You take your chances and roll the dice. Life rolls on. At every corner there may be hope (ladder) or disappointment (snake). You have an equal chance at both. A quick search on the Internet revealed that the ancient Hindu game had more snakes than ladders based on the belief that the path of good is paved with difficulty and a lot harder to follow. The European version that we are now accustomed to play is based on the cultural nuance that life has equal opportunities. Hence equal number of snakes and ladders on the board!
We have all heard and in some ways also experienced that the higher we go the harder we fall. In this game the snake bites get more vicious as you climb higher. In fact the biggest bite is at 99 when you are at your peak and you have to collect your broken ego to almost start again from scratch. Each time you roll the dice you have an equal chance of any outcome. It does not matter where and who you are.
The next time you try your hand at any game give a thought to the sub text. The truth is that every day is a game of snakes and ladders. Enjoy your moments and reflect on your losses. But remember to just keep it rolling. Game on dudes!

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