Encounters With Nothingness

Everything and nothing is God. I am not a philosopher. I am neither into word play, let intrusion be pardoned. But then, truth and the freedom of choices and beliefs, if for all good and all love must reign. I refute those who themselves say "There is no God," because there is God whether one likes it or not. There is God in everything. There is God in nothing. The proof is all around the marvelous creations of the Divine Omnipotent, death then salvation. See the world. Study history. Feel art. Breathe now.

Texts written, researches conducted, culture lived from time to time, and the modern life link with each other at certain points of evolution and growth. Here, in the 21st century, the Holy Spirit of God even touches closely in the advancement of technology.

Eliot's "Hollow Man," Hemingway's "A Clean, Well-Lighted Place," and Sherwood Anderson's "A Story-Teller's Story," among others, are expressions about life. These are schools of thought. These are opinions which can be true or false. These are sentiments. These are ideas. It is art.

In my expression, these are good ideas to mull over and act on to find benefits for the human race; benefits and charity for everybody.

The essay of Gordon E. Bigelow (noted Professor of American Literature) about "A Primer of Existentialism," shows valid concepts for any contemporary writer. It also extends to the godly and ungodly human. He adds about Hemingway's A Clean, Well Lighted Place: it goes without saying that much of the despair and pessimism in the other contemporary authors springs from a similar sense of the void in modern life.

The encounters with nothingness in some texts and the modern life are common. It only becomes different in the chariot of reason and faith. Even Mother Teresa of Calcutta has moments of emptiness, which she admitted. Even saints or Job in the Holy Bible has the same predicaments.

Everything is usually tangible. For anyone, an encounter with everything can easily be comfortable.

Nothingness is a void. For some, nothingness can be dangerous as in Nietzsche's anguish. But who can judge him totally?

In another sense, it is total surrender. Sometimes it is humility. Sometimes it is totally being with a Divine like Jesus Christ's last words on the cross "Father, why have you forsaken me?"

Moreover, "In the beginning God created the sky and the earth. The earth was empty and had no form. Darkness covered the ocean, and God's Spirit was moving over the water (Genesis 1:1-2).

In my poem "Dead Fire" it states: Love comes so beautiful after wars, when everyone can drink freely, when there is peace, and I am nothing but dust and chipping coals begging the skies."
rosalinda flores martinez


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