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      We should also look closely at the names of all those beings who
(somehow) make up the One. Every single one of them has the same
name: "many."
many       many                                            many
many       many      many many             many       many
many       many      many      many       many many many
many       many      many      many      many
many       many      many      many      many        many
       many               many      many         many many
      This 'solution' achieves coherence, bridges the unbridgeable gap
between the One and the many, by insisting that there can be only two
names, One, and "many, part of the One." Thus it has no room for real
names, for real Anns and Layas and Bens and Tims. If there were a
real "Ann," if "Ann" were not a mere designation for the "currently-
alive 52 year-old blonde-haired part of the One who lives in Des
Moines, Iowa," then she would be a rival One. There can only be One
source of meaning, one First Thing from which all other meaning
flows -- and that One is not "Ann."
      It is thus obvious that this 'solution' is no laughing matter, no
academic exercise. There have been plenty of people, movements,
governments, whole civilizations, in which this particular 'solution' has
achieved a quite vivid reality. Indeed, often enough the 'solution' is
presented not so much as tough-minded realism, but as a comfort or
even an inspiration: Ann, Laya, Ben, and Tim become "part of
something larger than themselves." It bears remembering that this is
not a temporary past-time for them, or something they in any way
'choose' -- they literally have no place, no existence, no name outside
of their place (which is their name) in the great One:
            many       many                                           many
            many       many      many many             many        many
            many       many      many      many       many many many
            many       many      many      many      many
            many       many      many      many      many        many
                   many               many      many          many many
      To repeat, the conundrum of the One and the many is just one
particular (classic) representation of the same basic assumption, that
reality exists as a result of, or within, a time-less framework. In all its
guises, including the one in which the Eucharist is 'over here,' and we
gaze upon it and, in particular, understand it, from some 'place' else,
that basic assumption, and the various 'solutions' to it, are perennial
within human life, and are far from being of merely 'academic' interest.
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      For example, give Ann, Laya, Ben and Tim real names:
Laya                                    Ben

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