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It is the dead who govern. Look you, man, how they work their will upon us! Who have made the laws? The dead! Who have made the cus toms that we obey and that form and shape our lives? The dead! And the titles to our lands? Have not the dead devised them? If a surveyor runs a line he begins at some corner the dead set up; and if one goes to law upon a question the judge looks backward through his books until he finds how the dead have settled it—and he follows that. And all the writers, when they would give weight and authority to their opinions, quote the dead; and the orators who preach and lecture—are not their mouths filled with words that the dead have spoken? Why, man, our lives follow grooves that the dead have run out with their thumbnails! M. DAVISSON POST, UNCLE ABNER - El Aleph?, repitx. - Si, el lugar donde están, sin confundirse, todos los lugares del orbe, vistos desde todos los ángulos . . . Traté de razonar. - Pero . . . no es muy oscuro el sótano? - La verdad no penetra en un entendimiento rebelde. Si todos los lu gares de la tierra están en el Aleph, ahí estarán todos los luminarios, todas las lámparas, todos los veneros de luz. - Iré a verlo inmediatamente. J. L. BORGES, EL ALEPH "The Aleph?" I echoed. "Yes, the place where all the places of the world meet without mingling, beheld from every possible angle at once. ." / tried to make sense of it. "But isn 't the cellar very dark?" "Truth never penetrates an unwilling mind. If all the places of the earth are in the Aleph, then all sources of illumination, all lamps, all veins of light are there. " "I shall go and look at once. " .