Parmenides, an ancient Greek philosopher states in his poem ‘on nature’ that existence cannot exist and not exist altogether. Either existence exists or it doesn’t exist. And that has been the basis of logic of many philosophers as well as of others who aren’t philosophers.
In the same poem, answering his own question ‘how or why something exists’ he responds that something cannot exist out of nothing and so existence neither has a beginning nor an end, neither in terms of time nor in terms of size.
However, out of that poem’s translations it isn’t clear what ‘existence’ Parmenides referred to. He merely said ‘being’. And if you examine Christianity or materialism you will find a similar notion on their basis; that either God or the universe neither have a beginning nor an end. Christianity -of course- differs to materialism as it also asserts that ‘creation’ is possible, that God may create something as well as destroy it, while materialism asserts that’s impossible.
I don’t want to make critique what others think, but I want make clear I differentiate myself from that logic altogether. The ‘is or is not’ logic cannot clarify how or why something is or is not, and although I don’t assert any ‘existence out of nothing’ either, I assert infinity.
Like ‘nothing’, infinity isn’t something that can truly be spoken of, that can truly be described. All that can be described is finite, and all that can be conceived is finite, otherwise they would be nothing in particular. There is a huge difference between ‘nothing’ and ‘nothing in particular’, and the difference is potentiality.
Our potential to conceive things is unlimited. If you could conceive something that couldn’t be conceived of you would be proving your yourself wrong, as you would be conceiving it. That which can conceive, that which can create (as well as destroy) is unlimited, infinity.
Humans play this game: They conceive something and then point out how that conceived thing ‘exists’, but they omit the fact that it is themselves that conceive it. And they omit the fact that just like they can conceive something, they can also not conceive it. And it can get more complex that that. They can go and fight each other which conceived thing truly exists and which does not. But all conceived things ‘truly exist’ for that which conceives and perceives it. Of course, if you communicate with another and that other gives you a concept that you perceive, that concept is then true for you too, until you quit conceiving it. Do you realize the endless circles people can put themselves in like that?
Instead of ‘is or is not’, I say there is ’cause and effect’. Cause and effect is a property of infinity. And cause and effect is all that can exist. Through cause and effect infinity becomes finite things and it perceives itself. To cause is to create, and effect is the perception of what is created in the exact moment and place that it is created. And both of those properties are your own properties, as well as the properties of all other beings.
Unless you communicated, all that would exist for you, all you could know would be what you created yourself for yourself to know. But in life we do communicate, and thus one can create something for another to perceive as well, if that other causes unto oneself to perceive another’s creation. And thus we can also have problems, becoming confused who creates what, wondering how come something exists and what to do about it, and so on. But the truth of the matter is that communication is a creation too. It is -however- a creation without which life in this universe cannot exist. This universe is an interaction of creations of many beings. In fact it is not a single universe. It is a combination what you, I and others create.
The universe is like the internet, and what each one perceives is like what each computer ‘downloads’ from the internet. Moreover, within each computer things can be created for itself as well as for other computers to ‘know’. But if that computer no longer connected to the internet, it would only have it’s own contents. The internet is a combination of computers, and it is not a single computer, although -I can imagine- some would wish to possess it all.
How can this information be of use to you? Let’s go back to ’cause and effect’ and keep this ‘in mind’; the more you seek to know, the more you seek to be effect, and the more you seek to create the more you seek to make things happen. There is no other road. There can only be creation and knowing what creation is. And the way to get your life back into your hands is to be more cause, and then you may also experience what you cause. Do you think you don’t know how to be cause? It is impossible to not be cause, as you need to cause yourself to be effect (to know) in the first place. Without cause there is only potential for cause and there is nothing else –or what some others would say ‘there is nothing’.
How could you be cause unto your life? There isn’t really any limit, but you need to keep something in mind; just like you’re fully entitled by yourself to be yourself (infinity) so is everybody else. And for as long as others as included, they must be allowed to be themselves too. If we fight each other who should create what, whose creations are valid and whose are not, we all lose. And if you encounter such fights you’d better not participate, for fighting is trying to limits each other, trying to deny our nature that is infinity.
We all can create and experience the life we wish to experience without reducing anybody else. But if we try to do the second, we also negate the first. For all beings and their respective cause and effect are infinity, and infinity is all beings and their respective cause and effect.