a comic from xkcd.com

comic: xkcd.com; title-text: there’s future everywhere

Die Saison ist für mich (leider) wieder vorbei, die Einbauten im Kajak werden momentan ueberholt, bevor das Kajak wieder in der Garage eingewintert werden soll. Statt auf dem Wasser zu paddeln, muss ich nun wieder virtuell surfen und bin dabei (dank Philipp) wieder mal auf die Comics von xkcd gestossen.

Auszug aus Wikipedia:

xkcd ist ein Webcomic von Randall Munroe. Der Autor überschreibt seine Comics mit „Webcomic über Liebe, Sarkasmus, Mathematik und Sprache“ (englisch: a webcomic of romance, sarcasm, math, and language). xkcd fand in Printmedien wie dem Guardian oder der New York Times Erwähnung.

Die Themen der Comics sind unterschiedlich. Manche behandeln das alltägliche Leben, andere (wie etwa mathematische und Insiderwitze) erfordern Spezialwissen.

You can even get explanations for the xkcd-Comics,on a special website. For example for the one above:

Beret Guy (the one with the beret) words his invitation to Cueball as “come explore the future”. However, this confuses Cueball, as he understands that Beret Guy’s kayak can travel through time in a science fiction sense. In reality, Beret Guy is being more literal: after all, as the title-text emphasizes, “there’s future everywhere”; everything is “travelling through time” simply by existing, as time is just another dimension.

Beret Guy’s comments show that he perceives all of life as an adventure; his eagerness to “explore” it shows that he takes delight in the unpredictability of life. In this way, the comic criticizes people who become depressed with the lack of control they have over their future: Beret Guy suggests that we should enjoy the thrill of the unknown.

Cueball asks Beret Guy why he wishes for a kayak trip, as there is no intrinsic purpose behind this action. However, Beret Guy claims that, in fact, nothing has any intrinsic purpose in the long run, and thus there is no reason not to go on a kayak trip. In this case, if a kayak trip is likely to make you happy, it is the right thing to do.

Beret Guy’s comments reference existentialism, which states that there is no intrinsic purpose or meaning to anything in life, as nothing will influence our eventual fate – death. It also states that there is no way of predicting what will happen to us, and that the future is always unknown. The solution is therefore to make the most of life’s opportunities while they are still still available.


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