posted on Jul, 9 2008 @ 04:51 PM
I am unsure where to post this, so I will do it here.
During December of last year (2007), I had an incredible revelation about how things exist (although not why). I will explain.
I was reading a book entitled Lectures on Ancient Philosophy by Manly P. Hall. The first chapter was entitled something like "Nature of the
Absolute" and was all about the nature of existence. It said that the ancients called the Absolute (or existence) the All and the Nothing, and it is
incomprehensible to us. It also asserted that the ancients believed existence to manifest in three stages:
Void -> Spirit -> Matter
So the first step of existence is Nothing. The Void. Before anything ever manifests. The second step is called the Spirit, which I interpret to be the
Metaphysical, and the third step, Matter, is what I interpret as the Physical.
To demonstrate this principle, I will make an analogy:
before you physically pick up a pen, you must have the concept of it (the metaphysical aspect of picking up a pen) in your mind first.
So I meditated upon this idea for a while, and came to the following realization:
Existence depended on dualities.
On the metaphysical level, all concepts depend upon opposites to exist. If there was no concept of long, there cannot be a concept of short (or
not-long). If there was no concept of bright, there cannot be a concept of dark (or not-bright), and so on. This is true for the concept of anything.
To know what a conceptual "chair" is, one must also know what a conceptual "chair" is not (or a not-chair). If you do not know what a "chair"
is, then you also can't know what a "chair" isn't. So, thus, all things in the Metaphysical exist because of dualities and are dependent upon this
Then what about the Physical? Well, that is easy. Matter vs. anti-matter, of course. And when they interact, they "annihilate" or basically cancel
each other out to form pure energy (which I believe to be the fundamental building block of all things; E=MC^2, meaning all matter is energy, and I
believe thoughts are also energy, and thus all things are interrelated through energy [collective conciousness?]).
So essentially, all things exist because they have an opposite on which they depend upon to exist. This is also why existence is Everything and
Nothing at the same time. It is Everything in that it exists, but it is also Nothing in that it is balanced and is still equal to the Nothing.
Basically, existence is just a manipulation of the Void.
This is probably the most fundamental principle in the world. All things seek equilibrium. In fact, the reason math works is that it is based upon
this same principle: the equal sign, which basically means one side is the opposite of the other (not that two sides are equal, which is a common
misconception). You can have 0 = 0 or x = x, and you can manipulate it all however you want as long as both sides is balanced... and thus is the way
of the universe (conservation of energy/matter comes to mind)
I hope I explained this well and coherently. I am willing to answer any questions on this subject, and will gladly debate.
Ok new part to this theory. Just had a crazy idea. First I will have to declare energy to be completely metaphysical (or Spirit) and is apart from our
physical world, though both exist together. Energy is what moves our world, and has existed before the physical did. Thoughts are energy. We move
because of energy. But we can never see or touch energy. We can see or feel or detect the effects of energy, but we will never see or touch energy
itself. If you knock a can over, you can see the effects of energy, but you do not see the energy.
So instead of saying that matter is energy slowed down or something, I am thinking that matter can instead REVERT to energy. That is why when matter
and anti-matter interact they annihilate and no longer exist physically and escape as photons, or pure concentrated energy. We perceive the effects of
this energy as light, but it light itself is not the energy.
Hold on, I will have to think this through some more.
[edit on 9-7-2008 by italkyoulisten]