Back to Square One

snakes

The ancient Indian board game of snakes and ladders was once used to teach morality to children: ladders represented the virtues; snakes represented the vices that must be avoided if one’s soul is to be released.

On the modern Indian boards, there are 100 squares, and right on the 99th square lies the biggest, the most dangerous snake. Anyone who has ever played this game knows that it just cannot be escaped. Right when you think you’re about to reach the end, win the game, attain liberation, the last snake will bite you and take you back to the beginning.

The last snake is Eros.

We cannot win this game. Let’s go back to square one, my love.

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