Monday, September 22, 2008

Big Nothing

It's one of those riddles where you feel trapped in semantics: What is Nothingness? If it is Nothing, if we can recognize it as such, then it must be Something distinct. It's a delusional state of mind to say that life means nothing. Because instantly it has a meaning of nothingness. A nothingness value. It's like saying there is no such thing as Truth, instantly that expression becomes a declaration of an absolute. This is all word play or maybe just bad poetry. You can define truth not as a thing, but more of a function of power/knowledge relationships, not a a center but a function, or a sociological tactic of persuasion. In such a way Truth becomes not a What but a How, an expression of the highest values of it's user. When people get caught up in believing something has no value, "it doesn't mean anything" they delude themselves into believing that something is without significance, it lacks symbolic power, it lacks cultural reference. We give emotional nothingness a charm, we can't feel anything so it becomes Nothing. The nothingness of space is not like anything else. Negative space in a painting is recognizable as something specific. It's dizzying and pointless trying to unravel it. What's the point, you know?

1 comment:

Vincent said...

Yes you are right, it is merely getting trapped in semantics.

There is no intrinsic truth in words. they can be used for lying as well as telling the truth. Words are not a container for wisdom or fact, but just an infinitely versatile system of grunts or facial gestures.

Words are action, to create a kind of force. Sometimes to keep sane it is better to sweep the yard and sort your sock drawer.