# Probability and Time

It is the illusion that life has many points that is the basis of quantum mechanics. Quantum mechanics is the science of illusion. The fracturing of point into a multitude of “points” to life is a consequence of relativity, the relativity of one’s symbolic relations in the world. A single or absolute relation to any one person or thing your whole life long is not possible, nor would it be sufficient to give your self meaning. We seek to realize our full potential by expanding our initial relations in life to other people and things in order to gain more meaning. But “more meaning” is another point. The meaning you get from a given relation is the point of that relation; to get more meaning out of it entails a change in it of some sort. This change in a symbolic relation is relativity. Remember that your world, your context, comprises the people and things that have meaning to you personally; you expand (change) these relations over time in terms of your own meanings.

An easy way to grasp this is to look at your own life. You have any number of meaningful relations right now; some are more important than others but all of them give you meaning. Are they sufficient for the rest of your life as they are or do they have to evolve? Will you have to establish new relations in the future or will your present relations suffice until you die? If you’re in your nineties, possibly, but if you’re in your early teens, hardly. Each relation has a point, maybe perfectly satisfactory for things as they exist now. But things change, you change, you move on to new relations and so do others. The more relations you establish, the more abstracted your life and the more points (meaning) to it. Our relations, being symbolic, define us; specifically they define a self-image.

##### subjective dimension of time

When you establish a symbolic relation to an object, you make two motions: one to relate yourself to the object as it exists (basically acknowledging that the object exists) and the other to relate that object back to yourself in your own terms, giving it a meaning in terms of your own life. The first motion establishes a spatial relation to the object, space. You exist here, the object exists there; the space between is defined by your existence as an object relative to the other object. Space does not exist independent of objects. When things don’t have meaning in relation to a Creator, you and I must answer the question of why they exist, what purpose they serve. You relate yourself to a specific object as it exists in the moment you relate yourself to it, its physical properties and attributes just so in that moment. Later on down the road, its physical attributes may change due to time and other factors but that’s another relation at another point in space-time. What exactly is a point in space-time? We’ll get to that shortly. What are the point and purpose of this object as far as you are personally concerned? What does it mean to you? The second motion – making it meaningful to yourself – is what makes this spatial relation relative. “Time” is the relativity of a spatial relation; the relativity of space is why the dimension is not just space and not just time but spacetime. Once you assign a meaning to the existence of an object in terms of your own self, it’s relativity. To relativize something, in essence, is to make it meaningful to yourself. The relation isn’t absolute because the object exists in your own terms and not only does its meaning change relative to other relations in your life over time but other people relate to this same object in their own terms. So time as we know it enters in with the motion to relativize, to relate an object to one’s own self. As space does not exist apart from objects, time does not exist independent of space. The spatial relation to an object is necessary if one is to exist in its image. But a spatial relation is not itself the point of one’s symbolic relation to an object; its point is the image of the object which image one derives with the second motion to relate this object to self.

##### past and future

Your relation to a given object has to be sustained beyond the present moment in some way in order to keep giving your self meaning. As you live your life, you eventually move beyond your present relations to the objects of other people, as both you and they change and your respective roles in the world change. In moving beyond them, however, you still seek to maintain the bonds you had to them because of the symbolism gained from these relations. To maintain them, you mentally “split off” the object-image (abstraction) from the object itself; you abstract the image from the object. You retain this image mentally and invest it symbolically – that is, with self-meaning – so it can substitute for the actual object in the here-now once you have moved on. Thus you maintain the symbolic relation and continue to exist in image of the object, although it’s an image of the object at a certain point in space and time that is now past. The spatial relation to the object has become a temporal one to its image, temporal because the past defines your self in the present to some extent.

##### probabilities

What I’m leading up to is the conversion of point into space-time in each and every person’s life, not enmasse, into a context in which point is manifest as probabilities. No single absolute relation defines you as a self but a multitude, each one having a point. With each succeeding relation, you repeat the same motions establishing space and time as a context. You first relate your self to an object, to someone or something; this constitutes the spatial relation. You then relate this object back to yourself in your own terms to gain self-meaning. The self-meaning (definition) you gain is the point of this relation. The spatial relation that you establish with the first motion becomes with the second the point of that relation but it is not the full meaning needed to define you in image of the object since symbolism has been depleted in establishing the spatial relation. Nevertheless, this relation to an object gives you meaning, has a point as defined in worldly contexts. Point becomes a probability the moment a relation evolves or changes, as it does when another symbolic relation is established. (Probability is a direct consequence of evolution; indeed the ongoing process of converting point into probabilities throughout one’s life is evolution and affects every thing we call into symbolic relation to ourselves.) Symbolism is now invested in the new relation, leaving in its wake a probability which is the fractured point of the previous relation. These new relations then are not established independently; they result from expanding an original relation so as to gain more meaning in life. Your life may be filled with meaningful relationships but with each additional relation, point becomes increasingly fractured; meaning in life becomes more and more probable with time, harder to pinpoint, contingent on any number of factors. When all is said and done, what you have as a spacetime context is probabilities of point bound by symbolic bonds unifying them as context. Symbolic relations have been abstracted into probabilities and the bonds between them. Self-image depends first on your spatial relation to an object; you must have the relation before you can have the point of that relation. Because no one can maintain a relation to an object in the here and now permanently, you abstract the image from the object and invest it symbolically.

Probability applies to both one’s past (context) and future (possibility). It represents the odds of each possibility becoming reality as well as being manifest as all the meanings of one’s life thus far, one’s space-time context; that is, probabilities are the meanings or “points” of one’s past relations that are now retained in mental images. Possibilities, as distinct from probabilities, are abstract until they’re realized; possibility represents the future and probabilities the odds of each abstract possibility becoming reality. We can think of probabilities – the meanings within a space-time context – as symbolic weights that, when applied to possibilities, determine which outcome is realized. The realization of one of these possible outcomes expands a relation and gives us more meaning in life. Some outcomes then, depending on their symbolic weights or relative meanings, are more likely than others to be realized. A point that passes into one’s subconscious as a probability exerts a certain pull (gravity) and in effect acts as an odds of various possible outcomes. It’s the same as saying that one’s own little world seeks to incorporate what is meaningful to that world. Some things are more meaningful than others. When point becomes a part of one’s entire space-time context, that is, when it becomes a probability, it interacts with all the probabilities therein to determine which outcome is realized. From this we can see that the odds of anything symbolic, any outcome, are never purely random; they are determined by the relative meanings of things within a symbolic context and are thus much more likely to favor certain outcomes than others.

##### recap

To sum up time then – the present, here and now, is “point”, derived from your current relations; the past (your space-time context) is probabilities and the symbolic bonds connecting them to the present. A probability results from the fracturing of point into past and present dimensions. You moved on from a given relation (past) to a new one (present). Your “moving on” is the symbolic link between past and present. The future, so to speak, is the abstract possibility of both your current and past relations.

Can we say that the quantum particle (to use a scientific term for an indivisible component) of gravity is point? Because gravity is space-time and point is manifest as probabilities in space-time contexts, the quantum particle of gravity is better understood as a probability. But a probability is inseparable from all other probabilities in one’s context because the existence of a probability depends on the bond linking one probability to another; point becomes a probability each time another symbolic relation (bond) is established. The bottom line is that the very fabric of space-time is probabilities. Our true spiritual state is our relation to God, through Christ, one point to life, one truth.