“Change is the constant, the signal for rebirth, the egg of the Phoenix.” Christina Baldwin
For every paradox there is always an elusive answer, but more often a conflagration of argument. In the age old question of causality we find this paradoxical argument. Which came first, the chicken or the egg? This question dwells within a sphere of eternity.
This question came back to me today when upon hearing a statement on television, my daughter asked me which came first. I was instantly transported back to Philosophy 101, where I found the question to be impractical to begin with, and a waste of time to ponder. Now my thoughts have shifted slightly, though much remains the same. She then said to me; “Oh I know, they’re both the same, because you can’t have one without the other.”
Her astute response floored me. The answers are often brought forth from simple thoughts, in this case…Out of the mouth of babes. Even though the thought is more complex, it is essentially true. All things work in cycles of time and space, so within pondering this question we must also ponder the notion of eternity.
In eternal thought philosophy, there is no “first” anything. All life is cyclical energy on a constant return to a point of neither beginning nor end. In Platonic thought, we consider all life to have originally “always been” in spirit, therefore the chicken is the egg, and the egg is the chicken, both exist because the other exist; cyclical cause and consequence of eternity.
In pondering these thoughts, we come to the realization that no matter our questions, the answers are not always there. In this case, the universe, spirit and life in general are much sweeter when lived and smiled upon in the present moment, rather than by being broken down into a multitude of parts and screws.
This sphere of eternity is better understood in terms of the eternal return. Linear time is a physical reality, not the essence of creation. There is no beginning and no end, there is only being, constant change and the existence of complements. We should live for the sweetness of life with heart and mind knowing that all is here, and we’re all part of this mysterious divinity.