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Imagine you turn left and left and left and then go straight because you certainly dont want to go right If you do youll surely get lost You heard them say that if you continue to your left you will find the middle The middle just has to be right around the corner It isnt Is it possible that the first lefts you took were wrong Hours later you emerge from the labyrinth wall Are you on the other side or are you in the middle Why cant you tell the difference Youre tired and dont want to turn back around Youre definitely in the middle but its much bigger than you thought it would be Its much bigger and clearly only the beginning of something even larger If this is the middle why does it look exactly like the outside Jorge Borges manifests the idea that infinite choices repetitively lead to singular events in Ficciones his collection of short stories about metaphorical labyrinths He describes how the decisions that bring our goals to closure affect fate Inevitably the paths end for each goal leads to a fresh set of choices Life encompasses a series of these choices We wind through its events as we aim toward our goals If life were like a decision tree the goals we set would form the trunk with multiple outcomes shooting out like nearly identical leaves When a person sets a goal or makes an early decision about a course of action each choice thereafter is influenced by that goal Borges characters weave through several series of places times opportunities and pages of books exploring their options and deciding their fate Some of Borges decision labyrinths are familiar and have easily recognizable patterns while others are infinitely complex and will never be completely understood Their many turns represent the complex choices that can be made at any time How can Borges characters be sure that the choices
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