On Being: Attributes: Uncaused

Music: Chaconne from the Suite in E Flat.
By Gustav Holst. Sequenced by George Pollen.

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1. Since a cause must be external to, prior to, and greater than its effect, and since nothing is external to, prior to, or greater than being, being cannot have a cause.

2. Cause and effect occur only in the flow of time, and being is outside of time.

3. Being is necessary, whereas anything that has a cause is contingent; that is, were it not caused, it would not be.

4. Although it is natural to wonder how being came to be, or why things are rather than are not, such questions arise only from the stationing of the questioner in time.

5. The fact of being is sufficient explanation for its existence, which is fortunate since it is also the only explanation.


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