posted on May, 9 2009 @ 10:47 AM
Zeno's paradoxes are a set of problems generally thought to have been devised by Zeno of Elea to support Parmenides's doctrine that "all is one"
and that, contrary to the evidence of our senses, the belief in plurality and change is mistaken, and in particular that motion is nothing but an
The arrow paradox
“ If everything when it occupies an equal space is at rest, and if that which is in locomotion is always occupying such a space at any moment, the
flying arrow is therefore motionless. ”
—Aristotle, Physics VI:9, 239b5
In the arrow paradox, Zeno states that for motion to be occurring, an object must change the position which it occupies. He gives an example of an
arrow in flight. He states that in any one instant (dimensionless point) of time, for the arrow to be moving it must either move to where it is, or it
must move to where it is not. It cannot move to where it is not, because this is a single instant, and it cannot move to where it is because it is
already there. In other words, in any instant of time there is no motion occurring.
To which I would add that past and future are illusory, and that therefore what we consider to be motion, is an illusion. There is only one thing in a
state of constant flux.
So if there is no where to "go", and no escape from the eternally unfolding present moment, if we cannot be content where we are now in our present
configuration, then we will never be.
Acceptance of what is, therefore, is the highest state of being, and only from that position of rest is any real creativity possible. Anything else is
a veiled attempt at change, where change is more, different from or better than, what went before.