The very idea of becoming

The very idea of becoming leads to the inference of privation: if X comes to be, there was non-X before. These two things are called contraries. What is comes from what is not.

at the same time, nothing can come from it opposite: what is there in “the non- white” as such that can give birth to white?

Since both these statements are true, we need some third thing, which is capable of containing both contraries. It can lack This reality, but it cannot lack reality altogether. It must have contraries in some way, yet it must not be wholly non-existent.

There are two ways of looking at contraries: either we see them as ordered to the “is” or the “is not”. If we see all ordered to the “is” we see generation as desired, and corruption and death as perhaps necessary, yet unintended by nature. If we see all ordered to the “is not” we see death as the intended order, and life as perhaps necessary, yet unintended by nature. There is no third option, for there can be only one account of nature’s desire per se . we must choose. There are only two philosophies.
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