The Human Preception Of Reality In Borges' The Library Of Babel

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Reality is something that we humans have a hard time comprehending. We don’t know the exact reason why we live and why we exist but we have many theories that could be the reason. For example, Christians believe that God made the world in six days and that we live as his creations, to worship and adore him. Jose Luis Borges likes to conduct thought experiments with his stories and one theme he uses quite often is the nature of reality. Borges created a perplexing universe in “The Library of Babel” that plays with the idea of never being able to grasp certain concepts because of the limit of what one can perceive.
In this Library, there is an almost infinite amount of hexagonal rooms each filled with a set amount of books and every book is different from the other in some way (Interestingly, the number of books can be computed as [410 pages x 40 lines x 80 characters=1,312,000 characters in a book and since the books use 25 types of characters, then the number of books theoretically would be 251,312,000 books] (“How big is the library of Babel?” Daylight Atheism)). There are spiral staircases connecting the hexagonal rooms and crushingly vast air shafts in-between the hexagons. The source of light in the Library is produced by lamps above the hexagons. Borges introduces two types of people that reside in the Library, the Idealists and the Mystics. The Mystics, through their ecstasy, believe that there is a circular room somewhere in the Library that contains the book of all books. Since this book is circular and enclosed in an infinite binding, this book is inaccessible. Mystics are actually similar to people who follow monotheistic religions. They both believe in a single divine entity that exists in their respective universes. The Idealists are people who believe that there is no other different shaped room in the Library. Idealists are like Atheists who believe there is no divine being and that the universe is just the universe and nothing more.
This Library holds every text that could ever be written, so the answer to all things is in one book. The problem of locating said book lies within the quantity of the books. In one lifetime, it would be impossible to come across the book that holds the information you are curious about. If you did somehow come...

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