A Kind Of Chess Set

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An essay inspired by the Imaginarium House One Word Prompt -- Chess. We all seem to be nothing more than pieces in a convoluted game.

Submitted: August 21, 2017

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A Kind Of Chess Set.

I intended on writing a short story on the one word prompt – chess, but this idea kept popping up about society as a chess set. No matter how many story outlines I come up with, it is this that over-rules them all.

It’s not complicated really. The bulk of the population, people like me, are the pawns. They are the ones that are regarded as being unimportant; the ones that are easily expendable and society can more than afford to sacrifice them for the greater good. Greater in terms of importance not number – there’s a big difference.

Then we have the knights and the bishops. They are much more valuable than all those common pawns. So who would be a knight? A bishop? People involved in health and education – the doctors and the principals, perhaps. Many of the people in charge of local institutions, bank managers, for instance, or councillors. People that make reasonably significant decisions in how the pawn’s daily lives progress or decline. Millionaires would find themselves amongst this group.

Many people who are quite successful in the arts might also fit in here. The ones that for at least a while are famous enough to hold a good bit of influence. Successful sports stars would also fall into this category.

But not the real superstars of sports, film, music. Not the real high-flyers whose names and faces are known universally. They would be rooks. Along with the bosses and founders of those really big companies and those in charge of the armed forces. Those with immense power and influence. Much of the world’s royalty would also fall into this category, losing their crowns to the ones that wield the real power. Governments reside here too, along with the bulk of society’s billionaires.

The queens, yes, there are more than one, are those with the REAL power. The one’s that can make or break the world with any decision they make. Most of these are invisible, nameless, well hidden in the shadows. The ones that can instantly turn a currency to dust, that can stop the flow of oil, gas. Those that only too easily can decide to create a war for no other reason than protecting what they see as theirs. To these, the pawns are insignificant, the bishops and the knights are dispensable, even the rooks should be prepared to sacrifice themselves to their queen.

But the king – just like in chess he is so wrapped up in chains of command that he can take no more than one step at a time. Backwards, forwards, side to side, but never getting far at all. He is the ultimate figure-head but is pretty much powerless too. And just like in chess, if he falls the victory goes to his opponent.

So what do you think? Are we all pieces in a chess game? If so, who is it that is in control of moving all the pieces?


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