Striving for Nothingness – Chris Navarro

I was walking home from the store Monday night when I took a moment to stand and observe the puddles on the floor.

Cars passing by

A cool night’s breeze

Light reflections on water







There was one statement that stuck with me this week.  “Nothingness is what you share with everyone” (Lecture 2/11).  The first time I heard this, I simply nodded my head and moved on.  However, upon further review, I began to analyze the implications of this statement.  Nothing is where we all should be.  “When one is in possession of something, that something will keep all other somethings from coming in” (Merton, 109).  This simple statement applies to so many scenarios.  For example, “why would I try something new when I am already familiar with something?”  But, how many experiences do we miss out on?  I believe the best example was provided by Professor Inouye, “Having friends will prevent you from meeting new friends” (Lecture 2/13).  We are creatures that like routine; and yes, I do believe we miss out on great opportunities to meet new people because we are busy doing the same thing with the same people we already know.  Therefore, having nothing is in itself something.  In Noh Theater, a successful performer may captivate the audience when standing motionless (Lecture 2/13).  It is possible that, “Noh’s emptiness is that quality of form that allows the possibility of all other forms to come to mind” (Inouye, 68).  Therefore, the nothingness of the performance causes the observers to open up and engage.  The emotions experienced by the audience members are not necessarily a reaction to the performance; rather, the observers experience them precisely because they are being open.  Being raised in an individualistic society, it is sometimes difficult to accept or embrace such ideas.  However, the information we covered last week, along with the discussions, have made a great argument in favor of this concept.

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