The law of the eternal
states that if there even exists the possibility of something, then that thing exists, de facto
, for in the space of endless possibility
and infinite time
, the probability of any proposition reaches 1.0 in the limit and exists at once
. However, like the vast field of irrational number
s, the probability of finding it may be zero
. Two notes when referring to such an enigmatic metaphysical
- The usage of the word "possibility" above is a convenience within the context of time, for in the aforementioned space where all is held *at once*, All simply Is -- time is a construct.
- Contradictory propositions are simply held orthogonally to each other (not unlike how imaginary numbers are held independently from the real numbers), so there is no real "logical problem".
Note bene: The philosophical question of "Does it exist before it is imagined?" must remain in the realm of the unknowable.
Perhaps the most significant application of this Law (and result?) is in answer to the question of the existence of God. If it is possible that there could be a perfect formulation of the Universe (akin to a unified theory of everything), then it should surely have been created, discovered, or embodied by now somewhere.
Compare as a more specific formulation of Plato's Realm of Ideals.
See also Tree Of Knowledge.