Fundamentals of Eternism
4 - Eternons Are Eternal
From the smallest to the largest, everything in the universe eventually decays and dies. Atoms are shattered in the cores of stars. Stars are consumed in the void of the cosmos. Together with minerals, plants, and animals, humans are decomposed in the lethal evolution of the Earth. Grandeur, beauty, or perfection are no shield against the regular degradation of all systems. Everywhere and constantly, dust is returning to dust.
As humans, we know the fragility of our physical existence. In an instant, our body may be reduced to a handful of ashes, or vaporized without a trace. We are shocked at the incoherence that lets such a sophisticated structure vanish as simply as a candle flame being blown out. What may be the purpose in putting together the most astounding creation, filling it with life, emotion and memories, if only to let it dissolve into nothingness?
Faced with this paradox, some desperately want to believe that a part of them, a something, survives their fading from this world. Others renounce to find an explanation for the great mystery of our existence and accept death as the end of it all. But there is no need to beg for survival or to fear annihilation. There is no reason to blame the universe for the manner it is built and operates. Why? Because there is no death, only change. Yes, everything turns into dust, but this dust is alive: dust is indestructible Eternons.
Particles decay. Atoms disintegrate. Molecules separate. Compounds decompose. Cells corrupt. Organisms crumble. Eternons, however, are the underlying permanence, the eternity in all things, and the eternity in us.
The universe evolves through the constant reshuffling of Eternons. Such reshuffling means the dissolution of the structures but the Eternons who composed it always survive this dissolution. Even in the core of the sun, where heat and pressure are beyond our comprehension, where atoms are stripped naked of their electrons, where matter and energy are transmuted, even there, Eternons are preserved. In Eternons, ultimate building blocks and everlasting quanta of energy, death is defeated.
To us, brief visitors in this world, this is a most comforting thought. Eternal life, of our soul if not of our body, was often promised but never explained. Eternism makes clear why we survive beyond our physical demise: mortals we are, but we are entirely made of eternity.
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