Kalnestk Oblast Posted February 14, 2017 Share Posted February 14, 2017 I think a lot of this makes a lot more sense if you realize that the progression of time is an illusion. This, I think, is the important statement: Quote Only when the past dies can we shrug aside the burden that is our Soul!" As you say, the soul is the ledger - but it is there both in the past and the future. Mimara can see everything that you've ever done through looking at your soul; it bears witness. Without that, you have nothing but your meat to inform you of what you will do and why. You are a sranc or a skin-spy, essentially - stripped of your soul that carries every sin you do and will ever do. And when you don't have that connection, your sins cannot hold you, and you can become something. You are no longer watched or a part of the Zero-God, or at least you do not have your connection to it. (Chances are good that it is the bidirectional connection which is broken, not the actual Zero-God). When you have no burden you can do anything, be anything, and nothing is decided. To me, the concept of Being vs. Becoming is more similar to the argument between free will and determinism. Being is something that as he says Quote "To be! Being is not a choice!" Being is not a choice. Everything must Be. Everything must exist; I sin, therefore I am. Being is also what everything will be; it is determined, writ in time. Becoming however - it is a mystery. It is surprise, new, impartial, interesting. In this way I have another thought. What if the nonmen lose their selves and their memories because as they get older they get closer to the Zero-Point of God, and instead of losing their memory they lose what they understand to be their personal memory. They lose self, lose their personal connection to prior actions. Their sin starts to ebb away, have less and less impact on their memory, and as a result they lose that singular illusion. As they lose more and more they become more and more connected with everything else, all that exists. It is madness - because the idea that you are not a singular being is the most mad thing that exists. (this is also a potential reason why Kellhus is considered 'mad' - because he also grasps that he is not singular at the moment of the circumfix). And only by doing something atrocious and horrible, a great sin, can that connection be triggered again and self return, albeit briefly. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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