Random, unpredictable, and inevitable...oh my!
In Anne Dalke’s discussion section, we talked about the last paragraph of The Plague in relation to what we’ve read so far. Many people in the class saw the last sentence as challenging our agency. People seemed troubled by the idea that, no matter what we do, the rats will rise up again – randomly, unpredictably, and inevitably. So what do we do? How do we create things and feel good if we think that no matter what we do, bad things are going to keep happening?
I wonder if this is a little bit like our worries about the Library of Babel. A lot of people were alarmed by the idea that, somewhere out there, everything they might think or do might already exist out there as a possibility. I personally don’t feel that either scenario really takes away from our agency, because I figure that either way we are going to keep on trucking and doing our best. Sure, the rats are going to come back, but that doesn’t mean we won’t have a better understanding for fighting them off next time.
On a more pleasant and entirely unrelated note, I would like to offer up a really great website that Professor Dalke directed me to after I told her I was interested in comics: http://scottmccloud.com/1-webcomics/icst/index.html. Scott McCloud has not only written very successful comics, but has also written a book about writing comics in comic form (metanarrative!).