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BOOK THREE ---------- THE ONE

FLASH FIVE: PERMANENCE

    The substance of each individual thing may be described either as the self-revelation of Being in the "intelligible world";

    Or it may be described as Being Himself made manifest immediately, in the same intelligible world and according to the same facets.

    The description will be according to the particular facet whereof such thing is the monstrance (Note: Professor Houben says "Instead of 'monstrance' would it be better to say 'image'?"  Also in the subsequent places).

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    Consequently each existing thing is either a self-revelation of BEING with the colour imparted to its exterior by the particular properties of its substance;

    Or it is the same Being Himself immediately made manifest with the same colouring.

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    The real substance of everything abides, though concealed in the inner depths of Being.  At the same time its sensible properties are manifest to outward sense.

    It is impossible that Divine "Ideas" in the intelligible world should be susceptible of evanescence.  That would involve atheism.

    God is too exalted for such evanescence to be ascribed to His "Ideas".

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We are the facets and the modes of Being, Evolved "Ideas" - accidents of Being;

We're hidden in the cloak of non-existence, But yet reflected in the glass of Being.

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Thus, everything is in reality and in fact either Being made manifest or an accident of Being thus manifested.  The manifested accident is a quality of the manifested Being.

    In idea the quantity is different from the thing qualified; In fact it is identical with it.  Notwithstanding the difference in idea, the identity in fact justifies the attribution.

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In neighbour, friend, companion, Him we see,  In beggar's rags or robes of royalty;

In Union's cell or in Distraction's haunts,  There's none but HE - by God! - there's none but He.

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