There is a common belief that all questions have answers. And that’s a bubble.
All questions have answers, though not conclusive, finite ones. When I was in college, my mother asked I smoked. I told no and that was the truth. But did she know that it was the truth? Obviously, the answer you have might not be the one that the questioner wants to hear. So, there are no finite answers. If she just wanted to know if I did or I did not, and I didn’t want to break her heart, making me lie, that could have led to a finite answer, but an inconclusive one.
Are there conclusive and finite answers?
Anyone can tell you that mathematics has perfect end results for any question or equation we throw at it. Two plus two is four and that’s conclusive and finite, right? Right. Only if it satisfies the parameters of the questioner. If my two is not your two, my four is definitely not your four. My parameters are different. But, there are rules and principles that math follows, which everyone who practices it must adhere to. Let’s assume the two parties know the rules; then two plus two is actually, conclusively four. So, what about every other question? If every question has parameters, then it has a predefined answer, which tells us that the question is irrelevant in the first place. We walk through Life following the parameters set by the society. Sometimes, we digress and make our own choices, thinking, we have just exercised freewill: answering without influences. But, there was some influence. You might have read a book, or watched a video to arrive at the conclusion. If it was purely from deduction, without assistance of any kind, that also was determined by previous experiences and rules of the world and the inner-world.
The universe is deterministic. Very few ‘things’ are non-deterministic, and their influence on the deterministic, macro-world can be debated. All conclusions are conclusive as long as they are in a set of parameters. When we add one thing, just one extra rule, the set becomes undefined as each parameter needs to be redefined, the answer recalibrated. Hence, we create a language. Language is nothing but a fundamental definition of a particular set. Here, the definition needs a language to be defined with, and the loop starts all over again, the coup de grâce to perfection and stability.
To conclude this maze, I’ll part with a question that I want to address in a future post. How infinite is finite? Sure, there is a loop and it doesn’t have an end point. There are points on it where we can move slow or fast based on preference. On these points, freewill takes precedence over nihilism, soul over mind, emotions over logic, action over reaction. After we stop on that point, we move to the next loop and sit with a magnifying glass examining the old one and continuing from here to the next one, alone, but still a collection of everything that makes us not-so-alone. Paradox? May be, may be not.