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Hope within Despair: Meaning within Chaos in Alan Moore’s "Watchmen"
I was quite taken by the hope in the dialogue below from Watchmen (Chapter 9) by Alan Moore.

Dr. Manhattan (Jon Osterman) - “Thermodynamic miracles…events with odds so astronomical, they’re effectively impossible, like oxygen spontaneously becoming gold.  I long to observe such a thing.  In each human coupling, a thousand million sperm vie for a single egg.  Multiply those odds by countless generations against the odds of your ancestors being alive, meeting, siring this precise son, that exact daughter.  In that union, of the thousand million children competing for fertilization, it was you, only you, that emerged…to distill so specific a form from that chaos of impossibility, like turning air to gold.  That is the crowning unlikelihood…the thermodynamic miracle.”


Laurie Juspeczyk (Silk Spectre II) – “But if me, my birth, if that’s a thermodynamic miracle…I mean, you could say that about anybody in the world.”


Dr. Manhattan (Jon Osterman) – “Yes, anybody in the world.  But the world is so full of people, so crowded with these miracles that they become commonplace and we forget…I forget.  We gaze continually at the world and it grows dull in our perceptions.  Yet seen from another’s vantage point, as if new, it may still take the breath away.  Come…dry your eyes, for you are life, more rare than a quark and unpredictable beyond the dreams of Heisenberg.  The clay in which the forces that shape all things leave their fingerprints most clearly.  Dry your eyes, and let’s go home.”


Laurie Juspeczyk (Silk Spectre II) and Dr. Manhattan (Jon Osterman)
Characters from Watchmen by Alan Moore, Illustrated by Dave Gibbons

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The miracle that is life in general is quite often taken for granted.

And Don, your blog has far more substance than mine does. The honor is truly mine.


Re: Deep words, there.

Thanks, Chris. I'm trying! - Don

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