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[54a] as the discussion proceeds.

I hope so.

Let us take another pair.

What are they?

One is the generation of all things (the process of coming into being), the other is existence or being.

I accept your two, generation and being.

Quite right. Now which of these shall we say is for the sake of the other, generation for the sake of being, or being for the sake of generation?

You are now asking whether that which is called being is what it is for the sake of generation?

Yes, plainly.

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