Borges – the Aleph

“In Borges’ story, the Aleph is a point in space that contains all other points. Anyone who gazes into it can see everything in the universe from every angle simultaneously, without distortion, overlapping or confusion. The story continues the theme of infinity found in several of Borges’ other works, such as The Book of Sand.”

In the story, if I remember right (been 30+ years since I’ve read it), a soldier hides in the basement during a fictional war.

He hides behind a staircase.

He sees a crack behind the stairs.

He looks into the 2 centimeter crack and see the entire Universe all at once.

[including himself as he is, as he was, as he will be, from everybody’s perspective, with complete clarity in all things… although I might be adding the part of him seeing himself… might have added that part from my imagination. I should read it again. I just remember having one of those “mindblown” moments at 17, and I’m 44 now, and it’s still blown.

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