Gadamer—on why we 'play'

"It is part of play that the movement is not only without goal or purpose but also without effort... The ease of play—which... refers phenomenologically only to the absence of strain—is experienced subjectively as relaxation. The structure of play absorbs the player into itself, and thus frees him from... the strain of existence. This is also seen in the spontaneous tendency to repetition."

Bibliographic Reference: 
Gadamer, Hans-Georg. Truth and method. 2nd ed. London: Sheed and Ward, 1989.