“An infinite process doesn’t have a last step. So how can something without a last step be completed?”
These were the professor’s words that I found extremely difficult to extricate from my mind once I finished the overwhelming video about Zeno’s Paradox.
These past few days, I’ve been reading a bunch of articles in Listverse.com just to entertain myself and keep my mind sane. One particular article caught my attention: 10 Mind-Melting Paradoxes. I decided to click it. I mean, how ‘mind-melting’ could it be.
The page showed a list of ten paradoxes, arranged haphazardly by the author himself. Upon reaching and reading the attached description of the number 8th list, labeled “Thomson’s Lamp”, I dug in further into the topic by watching a video explaining the paradox, and watching another but closely related video entitled “Zeno’s Paradox”. I immediately remembered a college professor of mine who once told about a certain paradox of Zeno’s.
For the sake of those who don’t know a thing about this, Zeno’s Paradoxes is a set of paradoxes (obviously), some of which implying that ‘motion is nothing but an illusion’.
I recommend watching the video first.
Start from the beginning and end at the 6:20 mark.
If you have seen the video I’m talking about, then you will understand what I’m about to say here.
In the video, even mathematicians found a way to mathematically explain and decipher this paradox.
It seems to me that man always finds a way to solve his problems, no matter how hard or how unfathomable it may appear. Man seems to defy all odds that can stop him from understanding what seems to be incomprehensible, and from defining what seems to be indefinable.
Then, In my own feeble mind, I came up with a strange and stupid, but kind-of-sensible idea of relating this paradox to that of man’s immortality. Since humans are in constant pursuit of a better life, it might come to the point that majority of the human population will demand immortality. And since man will do everything, even to the extent of succumbing his entire life for a discovery so great and huge, it might not impossible to achieve this absurd enigma.
With that being realized, I started to see sparkles of clarity.
Quoting once again the words that the professor in the video told, “An infinite process doesn’t have a last step.”…
Clutching the fact that there isn’t a single document proving a case of immortality, we can say immortality is undeniably fictitious. There might be a way to attain it, but for a very long time already, those who seek it still haven’t gotten or known that miraculous ingredient which would grant men immortality. So to speak, we are still in the process of searching for that ‘last step’ towards being immortal beings.
“So how can something without a last step be completed?”
The word ‘without’ hit me. Without going over the proper definition of ‘without’, it usually means ‘in the absence of’ or it indicates something is not being involved.
Bridging all those realizations together, I have deduced that immortality may be completed with something that is ‘absent’. It may be fulfilled by something that is out of this world, or which cannot be perceived by our mundane senses.
It may be attained by something supernatural…or maybe by someone; by some kind of supreme being having the power over the universe.
It is attained through God.
Some might feel enraged and think I’m foolish for arriving into a conclusion like this; that I yield myself into believing God is the final and ultimate step towards immortality.
There are just things which are better left as unfinished puzzles. And immortality is one of them.
Finally, I say. Immortality is something that we cannot fathom. It is beyond us but only the omnipotent and all-knowing God has the wisdom to fully comprehend it. Immortality lies within His grasp and it is through Him alone that we receive eternal life.
To all those who seek immortality, you are just basically looking for something that cannot be found.
Put Zeno’s ‘Achilles and The Tortoise’ Paradox into context.
Like Achilles, you will never catch up with the tortoise. You will never be able to win the race to immortality.
See the 10 Mind-Melting Paradoxes for yourself here. http://listverse.com/2014/05/01/10-mind-melting-paradoxes/