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 I don't know if our class is obsessed with the Library of Babel, or if I, personally, am obsessed with it, but once again I have Babel on the mind. A book I read a few days ago was in the habit of throwing the word "destiny"  around as though it meant something, and I'm wondering if destiny and Babel aren't inter-related. Would a finite number of possibilities in this universe imply destiny, or would it negate the idea? If a person can only choose from so many options, perhaps the option that she chooses in therefore "destiny" - or, if there are an infinite number of options, perhaps the option that she invents is possible only because it is her "destiny". Of course, destiny presumes a lack of randomness (by its very definition) and so isn't directly applicable to the Library of Babel as we understand it, but... I'm a little obsessed. I want to consider everything through the lens of Babel. I read a goofy fantasy novel, and now I want to know whether the author is pro-Babel or against it.

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