Infinity. What is infinity? At some point all Homo sapiens have had to ponder infinity, yet its definition can be numerous and nebulous. I believe I found my own first definition of infinity quite early in life (about 6 or 7 years old) and in the quirkiest way. Cadbury’s Bournvita beverage was the rage that year. I was always happy to drink some hot Bournvita preferably with a soft loaf of bread that i would dunk in pieces into the chocolaty liquid and dump, dripping wet into my grateful mouth. Until one day I noticed something, and it wasn’t a newly discovered level of sweet Bournvita taste I noticed. No, it was the can the Bournvita came in and the design scrawled on it. Under the Cadbury’s Bournvita marquee label drawn on the upper third of the can, were the words “The Vitality Drink” and to the right of those words was the image of a hand. And what that hand was holding became my first definition of infinity.
On one of these Cadbury’s Bournvita drink cans from the 80s was printed the image of a hand holding a Bournvita can on which was the image of a hand holding a Bournvita can on which was the image of a hand holding a Bournvita can……………Infinity. Of course, after about two regressions of the images, it becomes difficult to see the hand holding the Bournvita any longer, but you know it is there. It is there somewhere on a metaphysical level, somewhere on a philosophical level, you know it is there. And that was and is still very crazy.
What is infinity? Loosely described as endlessness or limitlessness, the concept of infinity has confounded many within the mathematical and philosophical fields for centuries. It has confounded many because infinity is insane. Theoretical physicists who consider the nature of the universe are divided on whether the universe itself is finite or infinite. For the finite school, if you can successfully invent and drive a forever-running vehicle in a straight line through the universe, you will get to a last part where you either cannot go any further or you ‘fall off the edge’. For the infinite school however, if you try driving your space vehicle in a straight line through the universe, you may never stop driving forever. And that is insane to consider. An expanse without end? Then what will be the meaning of “where”? I, like other humans have been conditioned to find the finish line, the cul-de-sac and the full stop. Where does one even begin to consider an expanse without end? How did such an expanse come to be? Who or what made the expanse and why? Does such an expanse have a ‘place’ where it starts if it does not have a place where it stops? I must stop now
What about the infinity of quantities? Are there infinite quantities, unending replications of things? Is there infinite weight? Is there infinity of any ’thing’? What would be the origin of some ‘thing’ that is infinite in quantity? Is that what God is? Infinity of quantities too is crazy to ponder and even crazier still when you hear Dr. DeGrasse-Tyson say that; “……some infinities are bigger than others” on the Joe Rogan podcast! Pppwwuusshhhhh (head blown)! It is easy to see why philosophers and mathematicians found infinity so fascinating.
Yet, the most fascinating to me is the infinity of time. It is also the craziest to mull over. Does time end or does it continue forever? When did time start? If humans are actually immortal consciousnesses, then doesn’t it make sense that there has to be an infinity of time (or eternity) to ‘live’ through? The continued existence of an immortal soul after the ‘death’ of its body must happen within an infinity of time or the soul cannot be immortal. On one hand infinity of time ‘spent’ on any of the major religion’s Heaven could be cool. Imagine infinite orgies, highs, and satiations. Each new ‘second’ more blissful than the previous with you constantly remarking; “I have never been this high before”. Imagine ever increasing joy, ever increasing mirth, ever increasing peace, and ever-increasing bliss. A consciousness forever experiencing only the absolutes of positivity. But on the other side of that coin will be lurking the absolutes of nightmares. A nightmare so scary, it crawls under your brain’s skin and is part of why I am scared of living forever against my will. Imagine being forever conscious in a place of no time? No off-time switch, no ‘dying’, always alive forever and ever and ever. And it sucked. Wouldn’t that leave the conscious one in a forever nightmare? Something akin to a totally paralyzed man mistakenly buried alive but, in a never-ending loop. Torture that never ends and knowing that it never ends being torture in itself. Forever and ever and ever and ever. Infinity of time can be scary, and I know you know of at least one Black Mirror episode that agrees with me. If man is truly an immortal consciousness as many faiths and philosophies assert, then some of us are going to be in for a torrid ‘time’ in the infinity of time.