It was stated above that the individuality is absorbed back into the unmanifested state, and this is in a sense its transfiguration rather than its destruction, since, having exhausted its possibilities in manifestation it returns to its permanent and more universal condition. And so, while the individuality at this point disappears from manifestation, the possibilities which belonged to it are retained in unmanifested mode. After all, nothing that is can cease to be–but can only change state. Hence, the insistence within the Christian tradition that the damned cannot be annihilated but must persist in hell perpetually. This way of putting it, however, calls for more explanation than is appropriate at this point, and will be addressed further in another section.