Ebenezer Chicken Scrouge
It seems to presume that the future already exists as a non-contingent state of affairs; furthermore, it also seems to presume that one can actually make comparisons between two elements within this state of affairs from the present moment.
That the metaphysics of the future and the epistemology of the present were both foisted on poor Ebenezer so suddenly, all in one statement, no doubt accounts for his gaping beak of surprise -- well, that and the pronouncement on his existential plight, granted.
Did I mention I'm a Philosopher on Christmas break with no students around?
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