This article duplicates a story written by Borges which is quoted almost in its entirety. It is not a summary which infers that everything that should be thought has already been said in this wonderful story. Nor does it pretend to intersperse explanations in order to make the writing intelligible. The Lottery in Babylon is not interesting because it conveys obscurities, secrets or clues to be interpreted, although inter-textualities, suggestions and ambiguities are its structural pulse. Passion and enjoyment of his position as commentator are part of an exercise in waiting: the obstinate delay in a distant voice as an opening for the slip of an idea. Sometimes, thought emancipates due to sudden frictions which are produced on passing from one text to another.
Keywords: Borges – Hazard – Desire - Spinoza