Nothing…?

Posted: November 18, 2013 in Wandering Thoughts
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Nothing is a pronoun denoting the absence of anything. In nontechnical uses, nothing denotes things lacking importance, interest, value, relevance, or significance. Nothing the state of nonexistence.

That’s what I have today. An absence of anything of importance, interest, value, relevance or significance. That’s not to say that i don’t have material to post about, i certainly do. There’s the outline that i had planned on using for the rest of the year, about how i was going to finish strong. There’s another 5 days of material where i was going to share about Enoch. And then there’s at least 10 days of material regarding renewing the mind, but none of it seems important or of significance. Technically it’s all of value and has relevance but at this moment it’s of no interest to me. Therefore “nothing.”

So do i just post something because i can, i should, or i must? i think not so how about if i post today about “nothing?”

As i was speaking to someone this morning and sharing about my apparent dilemma i told them that i could do just that, post about nothing. The television show Sienfeld, one of the most successful, went for years, it’s claim to fame was that it was a show about, nothing. There are over a hundred thousand rating of William Shakespeares book titled, “Much Ado About Nothing.” So surely i can post one day, about “nothing,” and i’ll try to do it without much ado!

Jarod Kintz said, “Nothing, Everything, Anything, Something: If you have nothing, then you have everything, because you have the freedom to do anything, without the fear of losing something.”

Some would consider the study or posting of “nothing” to be foolish. However, “nothingness” has been treated as a serious subject worthy of research for a long time. In philosophy, to avoid linguistic traps over the meaning of “nothing”, a phrase such as not-being is often used to indirectly make clear what is being discussed.

Early western philosophers considered nothing as a concept and argued that “nothing” cannot exist by the following line of reasoning: To speak of a thing, one has to speak of a thing that exists. It could be argued that “nothing” is a concept, and since concepts are things, the concept of “nothing” itself is a thing.

There is an error in this type of non-sense as demonstrated by the following, called, the fallacy of four terms:

  1. The Devil is greater than nothing.
  2. No-thing is greater than God.
  3. Therefore, the Devil is greater than God.

The four terms in this example are God, the Devil, nothing-as-a-thing that the Devil is greater than, and nothing as no-thing or not-some-thing (there does not exist something that is greater than God). The error in the conclusion comes from equating nothing-as-a-thing with no-thing which are not the same thing.

Many have an opinion about “nothing.”

Nathaniel Hawthorne said,  “To do nothing is the way to be nothing.”

Ayn Rand said, “If you write a line of zeroes, it´s still nothing.”

How about this from Jarod Kintz, “If I can delay your action with my inaction, then I’ll gladly do nothing for the good of the no good.”

There you have it, just over six hundred words about nothing… or… is it about nothing? i’ll leave you with the following quote as my spiritual input for this post today. It may require more than one reading and a bit of thought to get what it means. It’s from Margaret Atwood who said this about “nothing,” “More powerful than God, more evil than the Devil; the poor have it, the rich lack it, and if you eat it you die?”

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