WORLD-MAKING

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The introduction into imagined worlds and designed fictions today made me think about how we create our world. An essay entitled as ‘World-Making’ of Ursula K. Le Guin the was handed to us and it was very compelling and gave a good read into this terms CTS topic.

Within the beginning of the text does Le Guin point  out that a new world start with every moment (1981, p.46). Considering that does it mean that we have within every moment the chance to change the current world we live in and create a new, maybe better or just a different world.

To make a new world is you start with an old one. -Le Guin (1981, p. 48)

In the following text does Le Guin give an example referring to the ‘conquering’ of Britain by Julius Caesar who said “the existence of Britain was uncertain, until I went there’ Le Guin however, points out that this statement is not really true. Due to the fact that Britain was already there and that it was exhausting for its citizens, Le Guin quotes at this point Albert Einstein who said that it all depends on the point of view which someone represents. Le Guin refers after this point to the new wold conquers, who ‘found’ the New World in the early 16th century  (see image above). However in my opinion the terms ‘finding’ and ‘New World’ are wrong, I think it was more something like an act of erasing and covering. We erase Worlds from the map to create something ‘new’, by doing so we can call them new, but in fact we only live within a world were there was a previous one. So it is more like that the are old, lost, current, new and future worlds we live in. And Le Guin says about this act to creating, inventing new wolds that in order ‘to make a new [one, you have to] start with an old one’ (1981, p. 48). Since a world is only true and real with a history that grounds and defines it inhabitants, give them meaning and a sense of reality.

Reference:

Le Guin, U. (1983) World-Making. ESSAY. Paper delivered at a symposium in 1981.  First published in a “slightly garbled version” in Women Writers of the West Coast by Marilyn Yalom (Capra Press) (1983).

Learn NC (2016) Map of the New World, 1540, Map Available at: http://www.learnnc.org/lp/multimedia/6994 (Accessed: 10.01.2017)

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