Eggs, Chickens and Eternity

“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.

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22 thoughts on “Eggs, Chickens and Eternity

  1. I really enjoy reading your blogs. You are always so insightful and completely off the sphere with your thoughts. You make us think beyond the limitations of natural law-) Love your work! Much Love 2 ya

  2. The “chicken and the egg” is another instance of what in philosophy is called infinite regress. To answer either chicken or egg keeps the loop going. The only answer is to jump “out of the system” and recognize the circularity. πŸ™‚

  3. In the spirit of your blog, I will get out of the question, and even off the sphere.
    This question always reminds me of the story about the typical North American breakfast of bacon & eggs.
    For the chicken, it’s all in a days work.
    For the pig, it’s a lifetime commitment.

  4. Wow! Incredible post!

    Actually, I have experienced this myself quite a few times. Seemingly out of no where, my baby cousins blurt out an answer or insight that would have taken a lesson for me to learn, or even just shake me up a bit into an awakening thought.

    It’s true, life became sweeter for me the day I started enjoying the present moment and with endless gratitude. I found I didn’t have so many questions and if I did they answered themselves quickly. As well, if unanswered… I simply left it so because I knew it was all within my perception and that if I was meant to figure it out I would, all in divine timing.

    You are right… there are some questions that don’t necessarily need answering because certain questions hold the answers within themselves, eternally πŸ˜‰

    Thank you for sharing Jeremiah, as always…

    β™₯ All Of My Love And Light β™₯

    ~ Jennifer

  5. *smile* Sorry, the replies directly above distracted me from the chicken and the egg {I’m a romantic at heart} and that looks like romance πŸ˜‰ Okay, I liken it to this “the acorn already is and isn’t the oak tree in all it’s splendor” They’re not mutually exclusive but one, our linear minds (as you’ve noted above) separate and divide to help with comprehension. But when we put back together what we perceive to be divided (because it really truly cannot) then no comprehension is needed as one already knows.

  6. exactly.As simple as that. In the same way, We have always been, we will always be. There is no beginning and no end to the absolute identity that we have inside us: what we call soul.
    Thanks!

  7. Such a thoughtful post!
    I, too, have pondered so long and hard on questions with no answers that I have failed to savor each day with all it’s beauty and the love of those around me. There are just some things in life one cannot comprehend. This reminded me of this verse, which stills my mind. It is a Psalm, a song/prayer to The Creator.
    “O Lord, my heart is not lifted up;
    my eyes are not raised too high;
    I do not occupy myself with things
    too great and too marvelous for me.
    But I have calmed and quieted my soul,
    like a weaned child with its mother;
    like a weaned child is my soul within me”. (Psalm 131:1, 2 ESV)
    Again, children have simplicity down pat.
    Savor life in the now.
    Peace,
    Alexandria

    1. Ha! Yes Nietzche was one of very few western thinkers to bring forth the notion of eternal return.. however, I find it interesting that this thought was considered common sense by indigenous tribes across the globe for thousands of years.. It appears a departure from common sense has indeed captivated a society of short attention spans

  8. Jeremiah, I am so very grateful for this statement in your last paragraph here: “Linear time is a physical reality, not the essence of creation. ” Your daughter is wonderfully wise: thank you for sharing that part of your family life. Linear ANYTHING is totally a human invention, in my view these days. Let us complement each other in interlinking circles of blessing!

  9. I don’t know where your faith lies, but the Bible says that all should be as children. Their wisdom is far superior to the wisdom of the most learned. They’re not imprinted enough with this world’s messages – they just have an innocence and wisdom that can blow us away. I like what you said here. I believe we are all born on this continuum of eternity … πŸ˜€

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