Nothing is the absence of everything

nothingIs nothing anything? Can something be nothing or even anything? Is nothing the absence of everything? The question of nothing is explored by The eLFonian.

“I know more today than I did yesterday and less than I will tomorrow” – eLFy


If nothing is the absence of everything
And everything can be anything,
Then nothing is the absence of anything
And this then, is quite something.

For if nothing is the absence of everything
And everything can be anything
Which can even include something,
Then nothing is the absence of anything
And even the absence of something.

And if everything can be anything
Which can even be something,
Then if nothing is the absence of everything,
Nothing cannot be anything
Nor can nothing be part of something
Because something can be anything
And everything can be anything
So then nothing is the absence of everything.

Now if nothing is the absence of everything
And everything is all that is around us,
All that we feel, all that we hear and all that we see,
Can there be anything, or something, that is not felt or heard or seen
If we isolate ourselves, stop our ears and close our eyes?

For if this indeed is nothing, then something is still going on.
Even if not evident in such isolation,
Life continues around us in this confined state.
So here, everything cannot be anything or even something.
Here, nothing cannot be the absence of this everything
If we simply block out life in our daily existence.

However, if everything is everything,
If everything is something or anything
– our lives, our planet, our universe,
And if nothing is truly the absence of everything
Then nothing is absolutely nothing,
The total non-existence of everything.

So the question that must be asked
When we accept that nothing is not everything
Nor is nothing something or even anything,
When we accept that nothing is the total and complete absence of everything,
The question that we must ask is, “how did we come to exist?”

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eLFy note: Socrates quite wisely stated,“I know that I know nothing” which Descartes extended by postulating that we know pretty much nothing that is true beyond the awareness of our own existence when he said, “cogito ergo sum”. So we have a capacity to think, and we know we exist and we fill our lives with anything and everything and sometimes even something. Yet, how can we know about the something that isn’t anything or even nothing? That’s when faith steps in.

Image sourced from gretchenrubin.com

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About The eLFonian

An observer of Cyberian culture and an avid student of life - its mysteries, its intricacies, its wonders, its creation and, its future.
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6 Responses to Nothing is the absence of everything

  1. At first I thought I was reading a tongue-in-cheek tautology, but then the exploration of nothing led to a very interesting question. I wonder if we can ponder whether there is, has or ever will be a state of nothing(ness)?
    I have a completely unrelated question – I’m absolutely fascinated by how you’ve managed to achieve the peekaboo elphonian at the side of your blog? I’ve really struggled to get wordpress to display my picture as I’d like them. eLfy’s cute!

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    • The eLFonian says:

      I find my tongue is always in my cheek – that’s a purely eLFonian trait. My consideration of nothing stems from the ongoing debate of evolution and creation. As for my self-portrait (blushing knowing now that you think I’m cute), it’s part of my background. Two images: ocean plus eLFy. It took quite a bit of tweeking in getting eLFy positioned just right on the ocean background, uploading into WP to test, refining if not aligned properly etc. If I change themes then the whole process needs to be repeated (assuming I retain the same background) as each theme has different dimensions. Hope this makes sense. eLFy

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