Ideas from 'De Mundo (On the World)' by Thomas Hobbes [1642], by Theme Structure

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7. Existence / A. Nature of Existence / 3. Being / a. Nature of Being
Only supernatural means could annihilate anything once it had being
                        Full Idea: A being cannot naturally go out of existence. For even if a ship or a plank ceases to be a ship or a plank, it never naturally ceases to be a being. For a being, unless it is annihilated, does not cease to be a being. To annihilate is a supernatural task.
                        From: Thomas Hobbes (De Mundo (On the World) [1642], 12.5)
                        A reaction: This idea was becoming an orthodoxy in Hobbes's time, and leads to the various conservation laws in physics.