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Lack of Definition for a Limitless End

29 Oct 2017 14:36 #1 by ARLewis
ARLewis ► Lack of Definition for a Limitless End
Lack of Definition for a Limitless End

The vast majority of persons, places, or things have a beginning, a middle, and an end. To have an up, there at some point must be a down. In the Afterlife, there is Light and there is Dark. One can surmise that in reality one cannot live without the other. Take life for example. For every life, there is a death. It is inevitable, unless of course one is immortal. Take almost any prosaic literary work. There is a beginning, a middle, and an end. In most cases, the length of each varies in the work. Suffice it to say, if there is a beginning, there is an end.

And along comes a monkey exception to the rule. Take the ever mysterious Bottomless Pit. A pit is simple to define. It’s a hole...or cavity in the ground. Pretty basic. Bottomless...not much more difficult to define. It means “having no bottom”. A can or jar, or even a bucket, without a bottom would be pretty useless, except as giant cookie cutters. Empty cylinders that can hold nothing...not even air, as there is nothing to hold the substance in. But what happens when you put the two words together? What can possibly be created?

The simple answer is a pit that does not have a bottom.

But is it really that simple?

Gamers of all types are familiar with this phenomenon. A pit or hole that means instant death for most video games. Role players or similar get an image of endless screaming or terror. An edge of blackness, a bowl full of nothing, or an endless portal to an abyss. If one cannot see the bottom of a hole or the proverbial ‘10x10x??’ foot pit, one wants to fall into it even less, let alone climb down into it.

Toss in religion and things get even more complicated though as “bottomless pit” becomes a euphemism for hell. The book of Revelations in the Bible often refers to this with the word abyss, meaning “bottomless, unbound, the pit, or the immeasurable depth.” In essence, the bottomless pit is where God tossed all those who did wrong and chained them within that darkness. Parallels to religions other than Christianity are hard to deny, especially when one considers the fact that Tartarus translates to “hell” and is even used in the Bible, once, in the Grecian versions to refer to where angels who sinned. “For if God did not spare when they sinned, but cast them into hell and committed them to chains of gloomy darkness to be kept until the judgement,” (2 Peter 2:4).

Then toss in physics. If something falls or if dropped from a great height, assuming it is not stopped by the ground right away, it will eventually reach terminal velocity, aka, it will no longer be able to accelerate. So theoretically, if something, or someone, was dropped into an actual bottomless pit, said object or person would eventually reach a certain speed and stay there. Would said object keep falling if there is no end to the pit but terminal velocity has been reached? It may not seem like it to them or it,

But can an actual bottomless pit, under the literal definition of the term actually exist? Not “literally”. On earth anyway. If one fell into a seemingly bottomless pit, either you’d reach the Earth’s core, which would be an ending and thereby a bottom, defeating the definition, or the other side of the Earth, which, in and of itself, is an ‘end’ and also defeat the definition.

So can there actually be a Bottomless Pit? In reality, no. In the Afterlife, any gaming world, or any video game, yes. A proverbial bottomless pit would be a kind of pocket dimension...once one reaches terminal velocity, one would cease to move as the lack of continued movement would create a separate reality. A place of either protection or containment as nothing from the outside could affect within but neither could that within affect the outside. A containment or a haven...something for that within to decide.

A Bottomless Pit does have a beginning, that initial lip of the edge of the hole or cavity in the earth. It does have a middle...there is falling involved after all. But, does it have an end? The literal definition says no. Every other “definition” does, assuming one can get out. So the only question is “do you really want to know the answer?”


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