Let’s say, for instance, you built a wooden boat and named it Lucy. Eventually you got bored and started replacing the wood with metal piece by piece over the course of a couple of weeks. Soon enough the whole boat was made of metal. So with all the wood you took out, now laying on the side, you decided to build another boat.
After it’s complete, which one is Lucy?
Strangely enough there isn’t an answer neither science nor philosophy can give us. In a manner of speaking, your guess is as good as any. Here’s where it gets interesting. (Think of the answer you gave as you read this next part).
You WERE the wooden boat seven years ago but you NO LONGER ARE. You see the body replaces your cells every seven years. So would you say YOU NOW and the YOU 7 YEARS AGO are the same human being? Maybe…maybe not.
Did you know that you could count down from 10 and never reach 0? That’s right! If you subtracted an amount small enough each time you could infinitely decrease the number without ever reaching 0.
Here’s an example in layman’s terms: You have a 10. Take out 0.000001 from it. Now take out half of that. Now half of that. Now half of that…….and so it goes.
The age old question:
If there’s a grand architect of the universe, then who created him?
When you ask that question you create a paradox. If somebody created God than who created him? If something did, then who created that god? You then end up with an infinite number of gods that created each other and it becomes an endless circle.
The way modern religions relieve themselves of this is to propose an omnipotent god. That also is a paradox in itself. The omnipotence paradox aka the stone paradox goes like this:
“Could an omnipotent being create a stone so heavy that even that being could not lift it?”
If the being could create such a stone than it would no longer be omnipotent since being unable to lift the stone. If not, then it seems the being was not omnipotent after all.
If time is not linear but rather we perceive it to be so, the future would be the past and the past would be yet to come. So yesterday, today and tomorrow are all happening simultaneously. With that logic, what is the difference between birth and death?
If it’s all happening at once it would lead one to the conclusion that when we are born, we die and when we die, we are born.