The Garden of Forking Paths
by Jorge Luis Borges
The Garden of Forking Paths Fate and Free Will Quotes
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To them I offer this advice: Whosoever would undertake some atrocious enterprise should act as if it were already accomplished, should impose upon himself a future as irrevocable as the past. (14)
Yu Tsun's belief in fate isn't just a superstition – it's his M.O. By acting as though his unpleasant tasks have already been accomplished, he can absolve himself of guilt, chalking it all up to fate.
Thus I proceeded, while with the eyes of a man already dead, I contemplated the fluctuations of the day which would probably be my last, and watched the diffuse coming of night. (15)
Kind of a gloomy fellow, this Yu Tsun. The pairing of his fatalistic thoughts with the onset of nightfall turns dusk into an omen of his death.