A Stream of Thought: Impossible

Nothing is impossible. Only improbable. If highly improbable things were indeed impossible, life as we know it would never have come to be. Whether it was an omnipotent creator being, a chemical reaction, or both, life existing in this organized chaos we call the universe should have been impossible. But there is no impossible, is there? Nay, impossibility itself is the only thing that is impossible.

Ah, but there’s the problem, you see? If nothing is impossible, then how can impossibility be impossible? A paradoxical idea that gives rise to a new question. What is this idea of impossibility? Whatever possesed the human mind to come up with such a word, such an idea? We use it so frequently, but do we truly know its meaning? Can we even comprehend it? If there is such a thing as impossible, what is it? Where is it? What, exactly, is impossible? The answer has already been stated as nothing. But how can this be?

Impossible, you say, is something that cannot happen, for it defies the very laws of nature. But how can we say this when nature defies the very laws of nature? The simple creation of the universe, whether an explosion of particles, an omnipotent being or both, both conforms to and defies the laws of nature at once. Is this, then, impossible? Impossible even though it happened? Black holes, too, are scientifically proven, yet scientifically impossible. Nature defies its own rules everywhere you look.

Therefore I reiterate that nothing is impossible. And again the subject rises that if nothing is impossible, then impossibility is impossible, and therefore impossibility is possible. And if it is possible, then it is possible for impossibility to be impossible. A logical cunundrum. I have spent this night arguing the subject with myself, and come up with nothing save the same circular logic.

At last, a new thought enters my mind. Why do we, the human race, focus so much on such subjects? Even worse, why do we turn these into arguments against one another? Why must science and religion squabble? Why must logic and faith always be at odds? For logic, often circular, requires faith. Faith that impossibility is possible and therefore impossible. Faith that we were created at all. Just the same, faith requires logic. We look around us, we see that we exist, that the universe exists. And thus we have faith that we were created. We cannot prove that we are here, we cannot prove how we came to be here. We simply know we are here. Logic dictates that we must have been created in some way, but indeed we cannot prove that. So faith comes in, saying that even if we cannot prove something, we must accept the fact that it is. Logic must guide faith, and faith must guide logic.

So have faith.

And have logic.

And, once you have both,

LIVE.

 

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