Meaning and Law
We find ourselves here at the juncture of an effort to understand what law is, and how meaning relates to it.
The word law derives from proto-Germanic roots, and it means that which is laid down or fixed. (Compare the German Gesetz, which is derived from the verb to sit. It means, in other words, something that is as it is, has been settled, and cannot be a different way. Readers will immediately see the irony inherent in discussing why laws of the universe are the way they are, and whether there can be alternate universal laws. Let us be entirely clear about this: there are no other laws. The laws are the way they are because they cannot be different. Interested readers can refer to my essays on the coincident multiverse, in which I explained that it is impossible to have alternate universes, because the laws apply across every universe in the multiverse. They are all the same. This is because all universes (and there are indeed an infinite number of them) are direct reflections of God’s nature, and God does not change his nature from universe to universe on some women. His nature is His nature. Just as organic chemistry would be identical in a galaxy other than our own, so universes are identical from one to the next. All the laws are, furthermore, also settled and fixed and identical.
For this reason we understand that meaning is consistent throughout not only this universe, but every universe, and all meaning ultimately aggregates towards the same set of results. Take note that when Gurdjieff wrote Beelzebub’s Tales to His Grandson, this universality of nature and substance was an inherent part of his cosmology. Gurdjieff came to it from a sort of touchy-feely metaphysical and religious point of view, which was highly realized and entirely accurate — revelational, in fact, as it happens. Yet the functional philosophical underpinnings of this cosmology also remain intact from a scientific point of view, when considered from the perspective of metaphysical humanism.
Lee van Laer is a Senior Editor at Parabola Magazine.