Wed 6 Dec 2006
In the short story Aleph, Jorge Luis Borges creates a situation when a person can look at an Aleph, a point in space that contains all other points, and see everything in the universe. Although symbolically important, such an object will never exist in reality because people become too absorbed in their individual environment. Never fully keeping up with the changing world, humans limit themselves by taking only a small step back from their immediate surroundings to better perceive larger scale world that is out there. Conclusively, the idea of a fully encompassing object, Borges’s Aleph, could allow the human race to make great advancements in all aspects of society while the existing limitation of thinking exclusively about oneself, the individual, is a societal “dead weight”.