Books, Philosophy, Stuart France

Alpha et Omega…


This, ‘beginning-and-end-thing’ is quite important.


The event in time is undoubtedly whole.


One thing!


Only we tend to think

of beginning and end

as distinct and separate.


Opposite poles of the same thing.


If they are joined at all

they must be joined by a middle.


Objects in space have beginnings

and ends and middles.


They are mainly middle

but their edges can be thought of

as both beginnings and ends.


We still recognise them as one object.


Before the beginning, nothing.

After the beginning, something.

Before the end, something.

After the end, nothing.


Not nothing,

something different.


Different from the beginning and the end?

Or different from beginning and end?


Traditionally, many divinities

claim to be both beginning and end.


When they do this they do not just mean

that they are whole and one,

but that they are somehow of the beyond.


4 thoughts on “Alpha et Omega…”

  1. I had written a somewhat lengthy post in response to your excellent article, and I thought it was posted, but it was not, so when I went to save it, it disappeared. Well, I will try to go back and recapture my thoughts as best as I am able.

    I was thinking about this issue of endings and beginnings and came to the conclusion that perhaps what really changes is form.

    From this, I began to write something that I have been thinking that may be related. We’ll see. I thought how most of us, if we were to think of it, would be horrified to think of ourselves as ending another life, and yet I best most of us have killed flies, mosquitos, roaches, ants, and many other life forms. But we are able to excuse ourselves by saying that they are only pests. Who among us has not at one time or another been called a pest? And yet, let us look at our own perhaps earliest beginnings, if this turns out to be true.

    I suspect that most of us know about Trilobites, a group of extinct marine arachnomorph arthropods that form the class Trilobita. Trilobites form one of the earliest-known groups of arthropods. The first appearance of trilobites in the fossil record defines the base of the Atdabanian stage of the Early Cambrian period, and they flourished throughout the lower Paleozoic era before beginning a drawn-out decline to extinction when, during the Devonian, all trilobite orders except the Proetids died out. Trilobites disappeared in the mass extinction at the end of the Permian about 252 million years ago. The trilobites were among the most successful of all early animals, existing in oceans for almost 300 million years. How does this make you feel to know that perhaps at one point, your ancestors were trilobites?

    So life and how it started and what lies “beyond” has puzzled scientists, legal experts, and many others for a long time. And perhaps beyond is really a change in form. What are we before we are conceived? Where do our minds and or spirits come from? Do you suppose trilobites, with their success in living had some form of spirit or consciousness? Can we truly say that this would not have been possible. So is life a constant changing of form, minds and spirits?

    I didn’t think I could remember all of this, but I did. Wow, not bad for turning 78 this month! Thank you, Stuart, for this thought-provoking article.

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