”On Exactitude in Science” by Jorges Luis Borges

”On Exactitude in Science” by Jorges Luis Borges may be instructive….

“……the Cartographers Guilds struck a Map of the Empire whose size was that of the Empire, and which coincided point for point with it……The following Generations, who were not so fond of the Study of Cartography as their Forebears had been, saw that that vast Map was Useless, and not without some Pitilessness was it, that they delivered it up to the Inclemencies of Sun and Winters. In the Deserts of the West, still today, there are Tattered Ruins of that Map, inhabited by Animals and Beggars;….”

—Suarez Miranda, Viajes de varones prudentes, Libro IV, Cap. XLV, Lerida, 1658

Hat tip to 1 boring old man

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