Mind games

「飽食終日,無所用心,難矣哉!不有博弈者乎?為之猶賢乎已!」
Confucius said: “I can’t stand those people who eat all day long without ever using their minds! Can’t they play dice and chess? At least playing those games would be better than nothing.”

The devil makes work for idle minds, so to speak. Confucius couldn’t bear the thought of people simply chilling out and enjoying themselves.

博 () was a dice game; 弈 () is known today as Chinese chess, weiqi, or go.

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