Evolution And The Absolute

Posted: July 18, 2013 in Benjamin Mensah

Socrates and his friends are discussing the meaning of the following quote, “What is that which is and has no becoming and what is that which is always Becoming but Never Is”, in the dialogue Timaeus. In what follows, I will offer up my own interpretation.

What is that which is always becoming and never is I believe are people. I say people are who they are but at the same time never are. Sometimes we think people are becoming something or someone because of their actions in a present day or past action but we end up being wrong. In Dewey’s “Human nature and Conducts”. Dewey explains how as human beings we are constantly changing. Either it’s with our desires, dreams, conditions, and actions. We are always becoming something and then at the same time we are changing every second of the minute. My little brother told me he wanted to be a fireman, the next month he told me he wanted to be a policeman, the following month he told me he wanted to be a scientist. That’s a good example of something or someone which is always becoming and never is. People are what they are becoming but never is because they are rapidly changing through social conditions or personal feelings. I can also relate this to Sartre “Existentialism is a Humanism”, where he states “Man is not only that which he conceive himself to be, but that which he wills himself to be, and since he conceives of himself only after he exists, just as he wills himself to be after thrown into existence, man is not only other than what he makes of him”. This means that if someone does not exist than it will be impossible for them to make something of themselves.

What is that which is and has no becoming I believe is God. The reason why I say this is because within humanity, we’ve created and have this belief that there is a being in the universe that is beyond ourselves. We consider this being to be God and if anyone tries to change who God is, they will not succeed. This is because of Gods long history in human culture. God is what he is and god is not becoming who he is. God is a divine being most have spoken of throughout the history of mankind. In Sartre’s Existentialism precedes Essence. He talks about existence preceding essence which is related to human beings. Now since God has no existence as in physical form. God is Essence whom precedes existence. God is known throughout history to be a being that helps and saves mankind and no matter what, it will always be like that. God is that which is and is not becoming something else.

  1. Liam says:

    Thanks for your contribution, Benjamin. I love the way you have used many different sources to inform a point here – as well as relating it to your personal experience with your brother. Good work. I’d like to draw out something that seems to be in your work – humans are always becoming but never are, whereas God always is but never becomes. God is (usually!) agreed to be perfect, whereas humans are fallen and imperfect. Does this mean that it is better to be a fixed and stable entity, who always is and never becomes, than it is to be always changing? When you say God is and people become, do you mean to say it is better to Be than to Become?

    • benjamin says:

      I’m not a religious person on god. But i dont believe it is better to be than to become. I believe it is better to become than to be. Simply because i love the fact that we are able to change through out the years. To the world god is perfect but who is to say god haven’t become something else. I also believe as imperfect beings, we have created a perfect none existing being

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