Monday, April 26, 2021

Spinoza as "magnification" in "Borges y yo"

I have been working on memorizing Jorge Luis Borges's "Borges y yo", sentence by sentence. Yesterday, I got through the sentence in which the narrating "yo" accuses "Borges", "el otro", of distortion in his writing: "[...] me consta su perversa costumbre de falsear y magnificar." So today, after I went through the text up to that point again several times before continuing with the memorization, I could see the next sentence as an example of such "magnifying", with its grand philosophical turn that leaves behind both "Borges" and "yo": "Spinoza entendió que todas las cosas quieren perseverar en su ser; la piedra eternamente quiere ser piedra y el tigre un tigre." (Andrew Shields, #111words, 26 April 2021)

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