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226 —Why do you punish? —I am a Judge, and it is a Judge’s duty to punish. —It is a Judge’s duty to punish, true; but is it your duty to be a Judge? 227 If anything is, everything else is. 228 The eye is exactly as large as what it sees. 229 Both theist and atheist accept the laws of common sense, now known as the laws of science, as certainly true, as not admitting of exceptions. The theist, however, admits that exceptions to these laws do occur, and he calls these exceptions ‘God’. God, thus, both does not exist, since exceptions to these laws cannot occur, and does exist, since exceptions to these laws do in fact occur. God is a logical contradiction. The atheist, on the other hand, will not admit that such exceptions occur, and asserts that God does not exist, that there is no God. It might be thought that he has resolved this logical contradiction by his denial of the attribute of existence to God. But no. Since, in fact, exceptions to these laws of common sense or science do occur, the atheist is in effect saying, ‘These laws do not admit of exceptions; but exceptions to them do occur, and this is God; but these exceptions that do occur do not occur, and God, who both does not exist and does exist, does not exist.’ The atheist, thus, accepts the theist’s God before denying him, and is even more deeply in contradiction than the theist. 230 The laws of common sense, however, are no more than probably true: the laws of science are laws of statistical probability, obtained by induction. That exceptions to them should occur is nothing wonderful, and far less an occasion for inventing God. 231 Matter/things are as they seem; good; but what if they fail to seem? When something seems in some degree permanent, then in fact it is failing to be wholly seen. A permanent thing, being without termination, would not be determinate, it would not be a thing. Nothing can seem wholly permanent, and, wholly to seem, a thing must seem wholly impermanent, that is, wholly determined to termination. 232 Q. When is a thing not a thing? A. When it is mine.


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