Hiding behind Love

The possibility of the microcosm implies the finitude of the cosmos.  On the other hand, the transcendental nature of spirit implies the transcendence of all limits.  How can this paradox be resolved?

We do see analogous conflicts between the finite and the infinite that are at least partially resolved within physics.  The quantum places limits on the divisibility of phenomena.  Relativity enables the universe to be both finite and unbounded.  The ultimately personal nature of reality imposes its own limits.

The finitude of the cosmos is self-imposed and that imposition does not detract from its infinite possibility.  The implication is that there is nothing substantial that is eternal, with love being the eternally possible exception.  Any alternative has to be considered as a form of pagan idolatry and also as illogical.

The cosmos is personal and anthropocentric, we being the holographic microcosms.  The personal center is finite and it is only love that can transcend the logical yet self-imposed limits.  There is no external standpoint except in transcendental love.

The most difficult aspect of finitude concerns the AXO schema.  This schema covers a linear time sequence of something only on the order of about 10,000 years of which we are rapidly approaching the end.  Do we only go around this once?  Yes and no.

Cosmic finitude and death are transcended only in the context of love and faith, and otherwise there is necessarily a cosmic censorship.  We are the resurrection and there will be a new heaven and earth, but not even God stands outside of that process.  There is nothing to prevent us from trying to imagine other AXO schemas, other than the implied self-contradiction.  This is not to say that love cannot square any circle, but even fools like me can see reasons for not being able or willing to plumb those depths.  Self-limitation may be the ultimate sacrifice of love.  Beyond that lies only idolatry.  We, like Moses, see dimly beyond the Jordan.  Those who arrive there will not see us any more clearly.  They will only know our love, and that is all they need to know.  You might say that I am hiding behind love.  So be it.

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rev. 9/10/98