On infinity

16 03 2010

image credit

I just wrote “infinite”. I have not interpolated this adjective out of mere rhetorical habit; I say that it is not illogical to think that the world is infinite. Those who judge it as limited, postulate that in remote places the hallways and the ladders and the hexagons can inconceivably end – which is absurd. Those who imagine them without limits, forget that they have the possible number of books. I dare to insinuate this solution to the ancient problem: The library is unlimited and periodic. If an eternal traveler were to cross it in any direction, he would prove after many centuries that the volumes repeat themselves in the same disorder (that, repeated, would be order: Order itself). My solitude rejoices in that elegant hope.

-Jorge Luis Borges, “La biblioteca de Babel”, my translation


Actions

Information

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s




%d bloggers like this: