Ingold- Chapter 6

For this chapter, Ingold talks about how lines became straight. To be completely honest, I thought this chapter was very boring and I didn’t really understand the purpose of it. However, I belive that the overall point of it was to show how lines can be related to life. In this chapter, Ingold talks about guidelines and plotlines. Ingold explains that straight lines can be categorized into guidelines and plotlines.To be honest, I didn’t completely understand what he was talking about here and I would like to know more about that. Ingold also talked about the use of a ruler.Ingold explains that a ruler plots the course of action that should be taken, and that a ruler can also be used to make a straight line. So they are connected in that sense. Ingold also explains in the breaking up section that straight lines are seen as having a certainty, reason, and a sense of direction. But then goes on to explain that throughout the 20th century, reason has been used for unjust causes. In conclusion, he relates lines to life and goes on to say that lines are open-ended just like life is. He states that the line, just like life, has no end. Ingold finished it up by saying that the final destination is not important, but rather the interesting things that happen along the way.

An example of the meaning straight lines can have is the photo. In this photo, these are basically just arrows pointing in different directions that look like they are written on a chalkboard. However, when I see this picture I see a man who is contemplating the different paths he can take in life. So these lines are not seen as a man standing next to arrows on a chalkboard,  but rather as a man who is contemplating his path in life.


Question for the class: Why are straight lines seen as more dominant in comparision to curved lines? Does that also relate to a life example in some way?


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