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17 May 2006 @ 10:13 pm
This felt suitable to go here. Rough, but interesting:

we live in a broken world. everyone has their own world in their head. this is called the "self." we exist as seperate bodies in a "reality" where all we can grasp are our own, subjective truths.

narcissism is a path that puts the self above everything else, when in truth everyone is a reflection of one another. we're all broken pieces of a broken type of God. we're all part of each other. this is why at our core we feel an emptiness. this is why we need others. it's because we are only shards of the truth. it's because our self is just a shard of all the other selves on this earth.

in order to go beyond our limiting, self-oriented world, we must destroy our seperate consciousnesses and instead form one formless, dynamic consciousness that is akin to being "nothing."

i do not mean nothing in a negative sense. as far as can be amounted, there is always "something." but when this "something" cannot know it is "anything" then it's in essence "nothing." without consciousness, we still exist, but we aren't aware of this existence. we are simply one with existence.

by destroying the barrier of our "selves" and becoming a part of ultimate reality, we can become whole again. we'll lose our consciousness and our concept of "self," but we will no longer feel anything except oneness.

our entire lives is a search for this type of "nothing consciousness" that i speak of. when we make love, we're becoming unaware of our consciousness by uniting with the opposite sex of our species. this allows us to feel more whole because our concept of "self" is lessened. we try to escape reality, but we can never escape it, because by being seperate entities we cannot escape. the only way to escape forever is to become one again. to become a "nothing consciousness."

death is a type of "nothing consciousness." however, there is a greater "nothing consciousness" which must be achieved. and it can only be achieved when mankind further grasps ultimate reality. until then, we will continue living in a broken world with broken selves feeling unwhole. we'll continue trying to satisfy our emptiness in all methods possible until the ultimate method is found. until that time, we'll wait for when we'll be something more than human. we'll wait until we find how to transcend our flesh and bone and the self inside this form, and become formless again, as we were once before. and when this happens, we'll become one human God.

you musn't fear death. you must accept it. you must accept that your self is only a reflection of everyone else's self. you must accept that it is ephemeral and will one day be gone. you musn't take your higher consciousness for granted. you must be willing to accept your mortality. you must be willing to let go of your self and the reflections you saw of your self in others which made you love them. it's only then that you can live a free life and feel as much "nothing consciousness" in your life as is possible.
Although not every thinker is innately susceptible to the pitfalls of radical skepticism and/or nihilism, there is a constant danger present to each and every thinker-- a vicious, infinitely regressive downward and inward spiral of insatiable analysis that has no end, except, for those unfortunate philosophers with weak intellectual constitutions, the abyss.

Consider the following excerpt from §1 of Nietzsche's The Gay Science:

Gradually, man has become a fantastic animal that has to fulfill one more condition of existence than any other animal: man has to believe, to know, from time to time why he exists; his race cannot flourish without a periodic trust in life—without faith in reason in life.

In many serious philosophers, this instinct is already inveterate and subconsciously established. They assume, right from the start, not only that this condition must be fulfilled, but also that it can be fulfilled. They do not scrutinize the condition itself, nor do they consider the possibility that there is no reason why he exists, nor reason in life at all.

Some philosophers, however, for one reason or another, fail to successfully fulfill this condition in their own minds. It may be a matter of over-analysis: the compulsion to continue asking "why" of popularly accepted axioms and fundamental truths that do not lend themselves to further dissection or explanation (leading to radical skepticism). It may be a matter of confusion: the inability to reconcile conflicting paradigms that, to the subject, each seems intuitively true enough that it should not be wholly discarded, even though it defies other paradigms that also fit the subject's intuitive criteria. Confusion can lead to insufferable intellectual frustration, and even the total abandonment of all thoughts and ideals (nihilism).

Whatever the reason, the point is simple: it is possible for even a rational thinker to lose faith in reason altogether. It is this psychological state in which I am interested: the absence of faith in reason. I offer this psychological state as a possible conceptualization of Nothingness: an epistemic abyss.

This abyss can consume, but it can also motivate. Nietzsche is astute and on target with his assessment of this particular human condition for living: man has to know why. Even the radical skeptic or nihilist can recover, and the suffering he feels in his epistemic abyss may just be the motivation that compels him to re-evaluate his intellectual approach and attempt to escape from it.
17 May 2006 @ 06:01 am
Although not strictly necessary, I would like recommendations of particular philosophers and/or authors who have paid specific and substantial attention to Nothingness in their own treatments of ontology. Nietzsche immediately comes to mind, and I am certain we can use much of his work to guide our insights. Do we have other suggestions?