Thursday, December 27, 2012
This Statement Is False
The coldest possible message is that it does not matter.
That there is no essence, being, or truth beyond the electrical experiences to be grabbed as a by-product of bouncing indivisibles--this is the inevitable paving of the road to hell. Even filled with opera, poetry, or sweaty snugglebunnies; even moved at the gallery, falling in chemical love or chuckling all night, the vanishing into nevermore of every future and past makes nothing any more real than it is believed to be. If nothing exists but your feelings, or even our feelings, then the unrepentant serial rapists, all the Saudi princes, or the morphine rider five minutes from death are the winners. Majesty, splendor, wonder, devotion, and discovery "may" please those you believe in, but if it is nothing but molecules, those things are at best a distant second to chemical mayhem, and at worst, never existed.
Does a set of all sets contain itself? Necessarily, it must, or it would not be a set of all sets, yet it would then be a different set, containing all other sets plus itself...which then must needs contain the new version of "itself," including that prior infinity, plus one. The artificial boundaries of computer- and choice-axiom-models can limit the expansion of one/universe to useful terms so that all systems do not immediately appear to crash, but the conception of endless sets, or any of the other paradoxes, breaks not only logic and mathematics, but time and philosophy.
While having fun with our inherited or invented toys, we may consider remembering that they are magnificent and wonderful, yet only, toys. Their conclusive failure is conclusive failure, and only through previously adopting a faith in the way their systems work--by believing in meets, bounds, whole integers, motion, gravity, time, origin--do we use them. Barbie and her house are only useful fun if disbelief is suspended; similarly, Jehovah or Science or Type Theory. The ability to imagine the paradox shows that, even if all this does not matter, we are not able to discern such from this vantage point. Ergo it may be something unseen.