Eschatalog has been dormant for a few years. The world didn't end, so I'm resuscitating and revamping it. This is a place to discuss the purpose of it all, beginnings and ends, eternity, the questions of wholeness and ultimacy. This does not have to be abstract. For instance, why are wars becoming fewer and economic crises more severe? Does this have anything to do with impending eco-disaster? Does it matter? Does anything matter? What does God think about it? Would/does he think about it?
Recently I have been thinking a good deal about wholeness. Meaning comes from situating information (in the broadest sense) within a larger frame. For the frame itself to be meaningful it must itself fit within something larger. Eventually you get to eternity, infinity, original mind and unconditional love, which are, perhaps, the four daughters of wholeness.
Intuitively, I feel that eternity is the eldest daughter. Time precedes all and probably succeeds all as well. One can imagine time in which nothing happens but one cannot imagine anything or nothing happening without time. So time is closest to ultimacy (and so is the first and not the fourth dimension). Time generates being (and non-being) and so we have space to infinity and once we have these two we can have meaning, so I guess mind is the third in line. Meaning generates beauty (and ugliness), and so love arises, and with it bliss and despair and the longing to return to wholeness. Thus there is the unquenchable thirst which can issue as delusion or enlightenment.
This kind of thinking is out of fashion, which is one reason why I'm doing it, I guess. So if you want to chat about ultimacy or log onto eternity, come and join me.