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eternalism and conditions


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Aug 15, 2013
these are the conditions of eternalism and eternal time

continuous space
continuous distance
continuous momentum (motion)

less important

continuous energy
continuous direction
continuous future

lead to

continous time

The Grey Man

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Oct 6, 2014
Eternity and time are very different things.

Motion is time, a species of which time is the genus, but eternity is different from time in kind. Time is like the interior surface of a hollow sphere, whose many regions continually change colour, run into each other and back out again, whereas eternity is the center of the sphere, the unmoving point from which one may view the light show. This is the "eternal now" of the scholastics.

Diverse from both the center of the sphere (eternity; the subject of knowledge) and its surface (mere sensation extended in space; the object of knowledge) is the will, which reconciles the unity of the subject and the multiplicity of the object in attitudes towards features of the world. So it is that what is whole dissipates itself in what is partial.

Christian mystics like Eckhart preach the denial of self-will, and the egoistic atheist Schopenhauer preaches the same thing, in his own way. When you renounce the world in all its multiplicity, they say, the holy spirit dwells in you, the bitterness of eternal longing after creatures is replaced by the sweetness of eternal repose in God's grace. This outcome sounds very good—What, indeed, could be better?—but I can't say that I'm convinced of its veracity.
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