To exist is to be something, as distinguished from the nothing of
non-existence, it is to be an entity of a specific nature made of specific
attributes. Centuries ago, the man who was—no matter what his errors—the
greatest of your philosophers, has stated the formula defining the concept of
existence and the rule of all knowledge: A is A. A thing is itself. You have
never grasped the meaning of his statement. I am here to complete it: Existence
is Identity, Consciousness is Identification.
Whatever you choose to consider, be it an object, an attribute or an action,
the law of identity remains the same. A leaf cannot be a stone at the same
time, it cannot be all red and all green at the same time, it cannot freeze and
burn at the same time. A is A. Or, if you wish it stated in simpler language:
You cannot have your cake and eat it, too.
Are you seeking to know what is wrong with the world? All the disasters that
have wrecked your world, came from your leaders’ attempt to evade the fact that
A is A. All the secret evil you dread to face within you and all the pain you
have ever endured, came from your own attempt to evade the fact that A is A.
The purpose of those who taught you to evade it, was to make you forget that
Man is Man.