What is the meaning of distilled in the following sentence?
It is from the contingent that the unchanging laws are distilled.
The Cambridge definition:
distill verb [ T ] us /dɪˈstɪl/
1 chemistry to heat a liquid until it changes to a gas and then make it liquid again by cooling:
2 To distill something said or written is to reduce it but keep the most important part:
She distilled the report into a paragraph.