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Esteban Canal's Immortal Game as Applied to God
Daniel Dominowski


"They ALL float down here. When you're down here with us, you'll float too!" Pennywise the Clown, Stephen King's IT

1.e4 d5

2.exd5 Qxd5

God cannot be rationally known, it seems, although the idea cannot escape one's ever-aware peripheral vision. The idea is, however, creatively aware of itself. Does that not insinuate that the idea itself is living, if not also intelligent?

3.Nc3 Qa5

4.d4 c6

5.Nf3 Bg4

6.Bf4 e6

As a rule, a virus is not necessarily alive, although it does consume and reproduce. Deities, for the sake of argument, live within the minds of people and spread similarly. Sometimes they devour people, nations, sacrifices and other ideas. Are gods little more than viral constructs? How much need be sacrificed to gain understanding? As little as possible, holding to rules of material need, or everything, following more Zen ideology? There must be a balance; just ask Esteban Canal, who gave up two rooks and a queen to find his answer in the far-off land of Budapest.

7.h3 Bxf3

8.Qxf3 Bb4

9.Be2 Nd7

10.a3 O-O-O?

The Goddess Eris communicates through the pineal gland, following Cartesian Dualism and dripping DMT into dream processes. The pineal gland sits squarely in the center of the brain. It is only accessible from a forth-dimensional point if one does not want to bore through the other necessary parts. It indicates a natural process outside the communicable religious tenants. Is this concept only relegated to the lunatic fringe? Heavens no. Humans reject organized masturbation often, never knowing the reason or applying a label. Hence, these souls are the popes of their own metaphysical connection to the universe, or religious conniptions.

11.axb4!! Qxa1+

12.Kd2! Qxh1

13.Qxc6+! bxc6

Placing the emphasis of viral religion into the sphere of etymology produces a slightly better answer: the words are arranged, and were born of a need for comfort. There is little comfort in loneliness, just ask your pineal gland. The word "god" is a sharp Germanic grunt whereas the Latin "deus" rolls off the tongue and sounds like a sneeze. Did their commonality arrive from the simplicity of their ability to be reproduced by the vocal chords? It would seem to be a reasonable answer. The empire of thought surrounding the word serves as a reasoning for correctness.

14.Ba6#


Daniel Dominowski is an undergraduate student attending Augusta State University in Georgia majoring in Spanish. Prior to this he completed a six-year enlistment in the United States Army, during which he was able to travel to five countries and experience a wide range of cultures. Daniel grew up as an Air Force brat and lived in many places, including South Dakota and The Netherlands; but his adolescence was spent in Wisconsin learning about beer, love and literature. His Discordian beliefs are intertwined with postnihilistic tendencies, which results in a daily struggle to maintain a realistic basis from which to conduct his human relationships.