Sobeh wrote:Jason wrote:if the conditions for its existence persist indefinitely
This happens not at all. You are basing your word-play on impossibilities.
As far as I'm aware, it's never explicitly stated by the Buddha or posited in Theravada that the conditions for a given phenomenon's existence will necessarily cease, only that they can if the requisite conditions for its cessation are present. In the case of literal rebirth, there's no guarantee that those requisite conditions will be met — i.e., that all sentient beings will be liberated — so I'm not sure how one can say with any real conviction that this is an impossibility or "happens not at all." In fact, it's logically possible that "when this is [indefinitely], that is [indefinitely]."