Thursday, November 10, 2011

A White Blank Page

I'm really quite taken by Meg Backus and her library dog from NOPL.  I remember her from the admitted students reception all the way back from last March, and she left an impression on me then too.  I wrote down a quote of hers from the evening: 'We are all creating society together.  Society is social; made by human beings.'  I think this idea of hers is well represented in her by the large white papers she displays at her library, along with the markers that are provided for people to create as they will (This is an idea which I adore, by the way).  There is something very epic in the idea of beginning with a clean blank page of nothing- and creating something out of that emptiness.  The beauty in this is that these white pages could be put up anywhere around a city, around a world even, and no two would come out exactly the same because no two people are exactly the same.  Therefore society is already being created, merely out of people's differences. 

How fascinating it would be to put up the white pages in different societies and among different groups of people and see what society creates?  At the end of the day, what would be on these pages?  The results would be entirely different when being presented to children vs. medstudents vs. an acting troupe vs. a group of artists vs. a tribe in Africa vs scientists at NASA vs. college students studying in Europe.  No two communities are the same, and so no two white pages would turn out the same. 

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