I have to admit that the chapter on Agency, well, it definitely wasn’t one of my favorites.
For starters, the cheesy line at the end: “And that’s why we need a toolbox, to work on the present, to affect it, to build a present to live in.” (205) I’ve already bought the book, you don’t need to sell me on why I need a toolbox to get me through life.
The whole crux of the argument annoyed me too. Though they were trying to say that life is more than the constructs we make of it, they have not made me a believer. After all “Would a rose by any other name smell as sweet?” Yes, of course it would. Just because we have named it rose does not mean that it behaves in a rose like way. If the flower had been named ‘skunk’, it would smell the exact same. But then this all goes back to what we perceive as sweet smelling, and that itself opens up a whole other can of worms about the whole idea of human construction.
However, I will give them this. After reading about differences, ideology, subjectivity, etc., I do feel that I have a better grasp on what ideas form the world around me. So while that last line is so punny and awful, I guess they have a point. It would be impossible to consider any of these ideas and not consider the incredibly amount of social construction that has gone into them.