December 18th, 2011 • 9:43 PM
"Reflections" on Paul's Physical Time

by Jason Ross

To stir up some discussion about Lyndon LaRouche's upcoming paper, The Strategic Situation Now, I'd like to offer some thoughts.

I. Physical Time, as related by Paul

In the section “The Science of Classical Art,” LaRouche quotes Paul from his I Corinthians 13:
For now, we see through a glass, darkly; but, then, face to face; now, I know in part; but, then, shall I know, even as I am known.

LaRouche writes that “This passage from the Apostle Paul has a precise, scientific meaning in the realities of physical time.” What is this meaning? What are the relationships of the shadowy perceptions by which we come to understand the universe, to our minds? The relationship is metaphorical: the reality lies in no domain that could possibly be encompassed by any sort of perceptual field. Taking up the word “then,” when, exactly, is the Apostle Paul speaking of? What is the concept that lies behind the linguistic future tense he is using? Does this understanding come only in a temporal future?

Compare this to what we read in I Corinthians 15, famously used by Brahms in the sixth movement of his German Requiem:
Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, // In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. // For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal [must] put on immortality. // So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory. // O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory?

In this moment, in this twinkling of an eye, death is swallowed up in victory – but when is this moment? Must we wait for death to be functionally immortal? Or can we remove death's sting “in the twinkling of an eye” of our choosing? Is this temporal future one that we can access in the present in our minds? What kind of person can truthfully reflect on their life, and say with certainty that they have won victory over death? A life worthy of having lived, of which one can die without sorrow or avoidable regret, to enable people to live such lives is the true, greatest role of government. And, of culture!

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