Approaching the Temple Doors

You proceed on your way to the temple doors. As you go, you open the little welcome guide and begin to read:

WELCOME TO THE ELEATIC TEMPLE

The Eleatic Mystery School promotes a philosophy of unrivaled breadth. Adherents consider the broadest metaphysical principles and ensure that they are honoured as the scope of enquiry narrows. Our beliefs are secured by necessary inferences; philosophy is rooted in necessity.

To prepare for your initiation into the Eleatic Mysteries, you should familiarise yourself with two metaphysical principles: Being and Distinction.

Being refers to the omnipresent "is" that subsumes all meaning or significance. It is the Whole; ontological presence writ large. Whatever particular thing we may reference, it "is" in a broad sense. To highlight this definition when speaking with outsiders, we may call it “Eleatic Being”. There are also those who call it the Way, the One, the Whole, the Mystery, the Flood, or even Nothing. At any rate, Being in its broadest sense is omnipresent and constitutes the greatest context; all is necessarily subsumed within the breadth of "what-is".

Distinction is the second broadest metaphysical principle. It is the principle by which things are distinguishable. For example, people may be distinguished from one another on the basis of relative differences. Absent Distinction, there cannot be a philosophical project, for we would be unable to plead with particularity.

The omnipresence of Being results in significant consequences. Almost all popular accounts of reality are overthrown. Being subsumes Distinction, for Distinction "is". Further, Distinction is also so broad that it encompasses any particular thing we may perceive. This temple and the people who maintain it are wholly subsumed by Being and Distinction, and so are you.

The exhibits in our temple focus on the metaphysical context and its ramifications. During your visit, it will become evident that the term “is” does not admit of gradation, that Being is whole and inviolate, and that talk of "ontological creation and destruction" is incomprehensible gibberish. Being is an omnipresent permanence that, per our experiences within its breadth, admits of relative Distinction.

This truth is a great gift. When you know that you are anchored in place, you will exalt in your being. An ode reads, "In fear and trembling, As if approaching a deep abyss, As if walking on thin ice." We both respect and go beyond such concerns. It is also said, "If there were many, they ought to be of just the same sort as the One is." To know the One is to know that all of this is invincible, immovable, inviolate.

After reading the pamphlet carefully, you fold it up and place it in your pocket. Perhaps it will come in handy during the visit.

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Enter the temple...