Friday, February 26, 2010


Time is a measure of movement, hence of becoming. Why is there becoming? Because every potential being is entirely relative to a being in act which it is attracted to, and that it is through becoming that being in potency meets being in act.

Therefore, not only being in potency is not being, rather a modality of being, the most tenuous at that, it is not anymore becoming. However, it is through becoming that being in potency attains its end by joining being in act.

It follows that being in act is anterior to being in potency from the point of view of perfection, which is the inverse of the (genetic) viewpoint of becoming, where being in potency precedes being in act.

I thus conclude that being is anterior to becoming, and that becoming only exists through being, which manifests itself through the present moment, since only the present moment exists, for neither the past nor the future exist.

The present moment is the victory of Act over Potency, thus of Being over Becoming... an ephemeral victory at that.


  1. Awesome post it reminds of existential philosophy .....Being &Time ..Thanks for sharing

  2. Exact!! Only the present exist. This is why time is such a strange concept...What is funny is that In the research for time travel, the time traveler will only travel in his own present :)

  3. Becoming is an illusion based on false concepts of Growth and Time. One cannot become; one can only be.

  4. Fatima,
    Glad you liked the post. Metaphysics/first philosophy reaches upstream of our concrete/existential mode of existence and or essential/unversal mode of existence to attain Being (aka being as being).

    Nice to e-see you. Good remark! Are you suggesting time travel is possible? (that would be something).

    Hello there! I would need to take the discussion further to reach an agreement or a disagreement ;)

  5. But since the present ceases to exist at the moment it occurs does it not proceed immediately into potency and thus a state of becoming act?


  6. Hi DB, hope you are well...

    To quote another realist thinker, the present is an instant, ie precisely what has no time associated to it... the indivisibility of time, which is not time, but a section of time (as the dot is defined by the section of the line, but is not the line and has no length), section in which, concomitantly, the past reaches its end and the future is borne.

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  9. I thought I was totally clueless on this writing until this part...

    "becoming only exists through being, which manifests itself through the present moment, since only the present moment exists, for neither the past nor the future exist."

    A big 10-4 on that, for sure! This moment is all.

  10. It is impossible to define movement. If it takes me 10 seconds to go 50 many places have I actually been in? 5...50...50,000...5,000,000 or an infinite number of places? If you say me! If an infinite number, both time AND movement, in any combination, or separately, DON'T exist. As the White Rabbit said, "I'm late, I'm late..." The White Rabbit will always be late!

  11. We have such finite minds and will someday laugh at our mortal childlike musings on these matters. Time is set up for the purpose of chronicling events, but it is an abstract thing in reality. There is no time nor distance. Time travel is a cinch!

  12. More then the present exists ... The memory creates engergy and therefore that energy can exist. The egyptians for expample did not see the human as one being but actually 7 or 8. These energies all related to the one person. For example one could leave the corporal body and travel and that essence is considered another state of being ....

  13. merely the treacle my booties got stuck in yesterday...