An account of why being is not a genus

Being cannot be a genus, since treating it as one would be like thinking that one could divide numbers into the quantitative and non-quantitative, or squares into the four-sided and not four-sided. Said another way, something essential to a genus can’t differentiate species. One couldn’t, for example, form the species “sensate animal” or “four-sided square” or “flightless penguin” since no such modification can serve as a difference introduced into those genera. So far as we understand squares or penguins, all are rectangular and involitant. But to divide any real genus requires assuming that the differences one posits are also real and not mistaken, illusory, merely verbal, etc. and so taking being (or reality) as a genus requires taking all of its differences as beings or as realities too, which is exactly where we start committing the same sort of nonsense as thinking one could divide penguins into the ones that can fly and the ones that can’t.

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