Oh Sophie’s World, how I will miss you. Sort of. The final chapters of the novel reflect perfectly my view of the story as a whole, I suppose. In particular, The Big Bang. The last chapter flits between Sophie and Hilde’s point of view, showing the disconnect between their realities, leaving the reader wondering which one is really real. Hilde and her father take up the role that Alberto and Sophie have held throughout the book, with her father explaining a concept, while Hilde listens and provides arguably witty commentary. In this case, they discuss the Big Bang – the creation and expansion of the universe. It presents the interesting case that, despite what we think we know, there will always be more theories and philosophy on our reality. The father compares our normal view to others’, like the Indian view of how the universe works in a cycle. Throughout the chapter, Sophie screws around and basically assaults Hilde in an attempt to gain her attention; it only sort of works, and I’m still confused as all heck.
On page 499, Hilde’s father says something very interesting to me. He says, “The only way we can look out into space, then, is to look back in time. We can never know what is like now. We only know what it was like then.” This quote actually seems very insightful to me, and says a little bit about philosophy to me. In fact, it calls into question the very existence of philosophy itself. After all, if all the stars and universe that we see is in the past, then what’s the point of thinking about it? Perhaps that thought is a bit extreme, but truly, if everything around us is in the past, then are we living on old information? This gets a little existentialist, but then what’s the point? Why do we think about anything? Why am I writing this??
Ending this class with a bang, I guess.