Saturday, August 29, 2009


In the beginning of the Theaetetus, Socrates says, "There is nothing but motion, which has two forms, one active and the other passive, both in endless number..." I am wondering if the Aquinas/Aristotelean camp might actually converge with the Augustinian/Platonist camp on such a point as this one. Is not God, at least to Aquinas, the Prime mover, unmoved? He would be 100% active then, and all being and good would then also be, in lesser and varying degrees, active. If we take seriously the idea that the Trinity is constantly giving and receiving, maybe God is also participating in the passive receipt and thus our receiving is not a deprivation of good but another aspect in which we bear the image of God.

Returning to the claim about motion, I think even 21stC science has proven this right, because we are yet to see anything at temperature 0 Kelvin, which would signify a state of absolutely no motion. If even the atoms are always in motion, and we are composed of atoms, we too are probably always caught up in some sort of motion, whether receiving or initiating it.