Mapping Physical Reality
Starting with the concept of an "All-Encompassing Everything" gives rise to a very different conception of the Universe than the particle-based model that originated with atomists such as Democritus and Leucippus. Beginning with Wholeness requires one to think of the Universe in a Geometric sense since all particular "things" derive their identity as sections of this All-Encompassing All.
When viewed through a classical lens, Geometry focuses on the continuous magnitudes of length, area, volume, and time. Each of these magnitudes is measured through relative sections, time being no exception to this rule. People measure time with sections of time. This statement holds true whether measuring time in terms of seconds, minutes, hours, days, seasons, or years.
Within Analogical Geometry, time is viewed as the first dimension and speaks to the way that humans navigate and understand the Eternal Nature of the Absolute. As I shall explain in future posts, time is a facet of Eternity. Eternity itself falls outside of time and is functionally equivalent to the Absolute Nature of the All-Encompassing Everything.
When viewed linguistically, however, only Absolute Unity, synonymous with the Whole, or All-Encompassing Everything is non-referential. The Absolute simply "is" since it represents an initial state of Wholeness. Even though he concept of Eternity is functionally equivalent to the All-Encompassing Everything, the concept of Eternity relies upon time for its conceptual contrast.
In this way, Eternity and time go hand in hand with one another. Eternity speaks to that which is permanent and constant, whereas time references change. Of course this naturally raises several questions, most pertinently "What is it that is changing?".
I will cover this in another post that focuses upon the Geometric nature of volumes, but only after delving more into the nature of time in my next post.