Keep This a Secret
a short dialectical on space/time
Gabrial and Mainossis sit at a table after a long city council meeting and discuss the nature of their decisions.
Gabe: Is it fair of me too say Mainossis that the restructuring of the cities debt is a hapless delusion on the behalf of our city? I know we are all in the agreement of cutting school funding and moving those funds toward other ventures, but I see this as a grave mistake.
Main: Well, i don't find this an honest move. I can agree there are better solutions that would secure our sovereignty but at the risk of the fear and misunderstanding of the people. Plus more work for us, and to be blunt I'm all for the easy way out.
Gabe:Is it the easy way out if it will only create more complications later and in no way prevent a collapse of our prosperity? I would say it is the hard way out for it shall only create hardships for us in future.
Main: You speak Truth, yet the dessision has been made. Who are we to say how things will end up, we can't know these things Gabe.
Gabe: How do you say we can not know, but conjecture that i speak Truth? For i say that truth is only gained through knowledge. Truth without knowledge is mearly a postulation derived from our assumptions.
Main: I can't argue this Gabe, the nature of truth, though we don't have the ability to see the future.
Gabe: Mainossis would you not say that there is historical truth?
Main: Sure, the past happened and set aside the lies from historians that are determined to bend truth to weave a tail that helps their carrier and puts money in their pocket, the truth of the past reveals itself, regardless of what is thought by any man, in the present.
Gabe: Wise, yet is not the past only the end result of the future?
main: yes, we could say this.
Gab: And if one were to draw a time line persay, and were to treat time as a relative continuum, the present would be enfolded value of time. The future being on one side of the present and the past on the other. Lets now look at it as a two fold function. Just as a cup of water witch once was cold them "becomes" hot is reliant on the process of heating, the passage of time from the past to future is reliant on the unfolding of the universe. This is given interms of looking at the universe as a space/time continuum.
Main: The theory sounds complete, I'm familiar with Einstein's work. Were are you going with this?
Gabe: If heating is the process for witch the cup becomes hot, and the state of hot is relative to how we define cold, then cold is one end of our continuum and hot on the other. We can then traverse the continuum through the processes of heating and cooling.
Gabe: Like i stated, cold defines the process of heating and makes relative how we define what is hot. Cold on the other hand is not the process of heating and is not the cause of the state of hot. Cold there for is a contingency not the modality. It is the same for time. The past defines what we call the future but is not the cause of the future, for that is attributed to the unfolding of space/time.
Main: Once again, all this fallows.
Gabe: There is a difrece between a cup and space/time, mind you.
Main: i could only hope so! hah.
Gabe: I'm glad we can jest even under such rigorous thought. Back to the subject of that difrence though, for a cup can become hot or cold through heating and cooling and we can attribute a minimum as the coldest temperature the cup can reach before it becomes a cup of ice, and the maximum as the hottest it can get before becoming an empty cup. For we would no longer be talking about a cup of water. The minimum and maximum of space/time exsist difrently than this. The traversement of time is limited to the enfolding and unfolding of time. The enfolding, being the minimum potential of action in space, is represented as the instant of present, while the maximum is the unfolding of time and exsists as all potential action of the future. It is odd to think that while the present and future depend on the past it is never a participant or receptacle for the minimum and maximum. The future and present being the minimum and maximum, and are the enfolding and unfolding of the universe, are causality in and of themselves. Even if the past determines how we define the future, the present is what becomes the past. The present in retrospect is the minimal outcome of the future or the unfolding of the unlimited potential of our universe. The future is the causality of the present therefore the causality of the past.
Main: i would never have come to this conclusion on my own, but your reasoning is as solid as rock. This seems to be such a strange deterrent from our original discussion.
Gabe: Well If you state that we can know the past based on how the present is shaped, and the past mearly being the end result of the present, and in turn the past being the effect of the unfolding of time i.e. the cause of the past, and if knowing the truth behind of an effect as I would define it's meaning, knowing the cause of that effect, then we could say knowing the truth of the past is also to know what future is determining that past.
Main: The collapse of our economy is dermining what present we face, I agree. i can be assured that our policies we passed to day are mealy a Band-Aid on a hemeraging aorta. A true restructuring of our financial system that focuses on sovereignty, regulation against usury, and investment in physical welfare would change this "future" of collapse into a "future" of growth witch would in turn create a present worth living in.
Gabe: Indeed, now we see, I think, what real potential exsists for city.
Main: the other city councilmen would never go for this kind of thought. These are the thoughts that are best kept secret. They would laugh at us for implementing philosophy and relativistic science into economic decisions. Men have died over this. look at Martin Luther king JR. and Regan.
Gabe: It is indeed a sad time in history, but let this discussion be a determining factor in our future fight for a better tomorrow.