library of babel - an idea that should have come to mind a while ago
it seems like a lot of people have been revisiting the library of babel, which seeing that its nearing the end of the semester makes sense i guess.
seeing that so many people were writing about it, made me briefly skim through it in my mind and i realized something. as i remember it one of the strongest reasons people seemed to be uncomfortable with the idea of such a place existing was because it would mean that no one could ever create anything new - because it had already been predestined to exist or already existed in another form somewhere in the stacks of this library.
but thats not true. because we would be creating new things. see, whether or not something exists, when we discover it, it always feels good. people have found multiple ways to solve math problems, but i remember finding an easier way to solve an equation in the sixth or seventh grade and still being ecstatic and very proud of myself. the same goes for someone who learns to think in a new way in class one day, or for a kid who finds a rock thats shaped like a turtle - none of them believe that they're the only people who have ever thought like that, or discovered something like it. but for them, its new, its fresh, its original and thats all that counts.
i guess sometimes the experience of something is as important if not more than the thing itself.