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No Matter

 

If the world were made of matter, where would we get gravity? Why should things like each other?

 And if the world were made of matter, where would we get electricity?  Why should the minute particles be electrical, and why would like charges repel?

And if the world were made of matter, why would it resist changes in its state of motion? Where would we get inertia?

And where would we get sentiency?

 

Only if seeing the world in space and time is a mistake would we have sentiency wound in at the start, because you can't have a mistake without a take.

You can't mistake your friend for a ghost without seeing your friend, and seeing your friend requires sentiency. And what we call consciousness is just a form of

sentiency.

 

And only if the Underlying Existence is undivided would gravity be wound in from the start, because the undividedness of the Underlying Existence must

show in the mistake just as the height of your friend must show in the ghost.

 

And only if the Underlying Existence is infinite would electricity be wound in from the start, because the infinite must show through in the minute.

 

And only if the Underlying Existence is changeless would inertia be wound in from the start, because the changeless must show in the changes.

 

How would a materialist define what he means by matter except to say that it's something that responds to gravity, electricity and inertia? But gravity,

electricity and inertia must themselves be explained, and the materialists have no explanation.

 

What we see as matter must be the consequence of the mistake of seeing the Undivided, the Infinite, the Changeless as in space and time.

 

John L. Dobson, February 18, 2006, Hollywood, California