case, I suppose, be of the same age with themselves; and must also
become at once older and younger than themselves?
But the one did not partake of those affections?
Not at all.
Then it does not partake of time, and is not in any time?
So the argument shows.
Well, but do not the expressions "was," and "has become," and "was
becoming," signify a participation of past time?
And do not "will be," "will become," "will have become," signify a
participation of future time?
And "is," or "becomes," signifies a participation of present time?
And if the one is absolutely without participation in time, it never
had become, or was becoming, or was at any time, or is now become or
is becoming, or is, or will become, or will have become, or will be,
But are there any modes of partaking of being other than these?
There are none.
Then the one cannot possibly partake of being?
That is the inference.
Then the one is not at all?
Then the one does not exist in such way as to be one; for if it were
and partook of being, it would already be; but if the argument is to
be trusted, the one neither is nor is one?
But that which is not admits of no attribute or relation?
Of course not.