Reality Cannot be Reduced to One and Cannot be Reduced to Many

By Adam J. Pearson

If we reduce the One to the Many, we lose sight of interdependence, interrelationship, and the unity of interbeing.

If we reduce the Many to the One, we lose sight of the particular properties of distinct forms, the unique wonders of all inanimate and animate beings, and the particular ways they interact with one another. We miss the details that make up the fabric of our lives.

If we reduce the One to the One, we get caught in a narrow conception of Oneness that does not take diversity of appearance into account.

If we reduce the Many to the Many, we get caught in a narrow and unfounded conception of things as separate, which does not take the unity of their interbeing into account.

Therefore, it is not correct to only say that the One is the Many, the Many are One, the One is the One, or the Many are the Many. Each of these statements leaves important things out; the truth is greater than our simple formulations can express.

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