Breathing Death- An Initiate's Journey Through Ghost Stories and the Tao Te Ching

Not knowing what will transpire, each post will chronicle my attempts to use a first time reading of the Tao Te Ching to inform my decisions during solo plays of Antoine Bauza's Ghost Stories. I shall read a little of the book each week and juxtapose its passages with a sort of session report. I will not read or heed any other advice on how to play the game well. I shall attempt to play on Thursday nights and post the following Friday.
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8 - On the prevalence of ghosts

Wanda Davies
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Ghost Stories

Groceries are a ghost. The lawn is a ghost. The dying refrigerator is a ghost and so is each individual member of my family. My cat is a ghost who I ignore until he has turned somehow from a loved one into an annoyance. My son is a ghost who I cannot ignore. If he haunts the board, I've lost.

I want to have a turn without drawing. I want to have a turn where my piece languishes on whatever tile it happens to be on and does nothing. I do not want to exorcise. I do not want to entreat the villagers. But I see the ghosts and they, all of them, look like haunters.
It is my turn and I have to draw a card.

How can the Tao help me turn the ghosts away? The Tao is unconcerned with what I want. My want makes more ghosts. And I don't want more ghosts.

I want there not to be more ghosts so....
There are more ghosts.

The ghosts keep coming and that may be the way. If the refrigerator breaks, then the food will spoil. I will get more food or I will not.
The lawn will grow while I am at the store and the neighbors will either approve or they will not. The lawn will grow either way.
My son wants milk.

My cat will cry at my door at night as I try to appease the ghost of my body. It is tired. It is breaking.
My son wants milk. The grass grows.

There will always be ghosts until I call them goblins. Or something else, maybe. The milk's all gone. The ivy takes over. The game's not lost. It is all the way.
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