I may call myself Mexcessive, but I take it to heart that “the Less-on of Less is the greatest lesson humanity has yet to learn,” and clap to the Nothing Manifesto.
I came across it by there-is-no-such-thing-as-coincidence: The Nothing Manifesto in which George Tsakraklides beautifully rounds up the state of our lives and this world, and proposes the International Nothing Day. And I propose that you go there and read it in full. And clap.
After that, as if by (non)chance, I kept bumping into quotes and cartoons about nothing, which I can now add into this post.
Children find everything in nothing, men find nothing in everything.~ Giacomo Leopardi
Ever since, I’ve been waiting for a photo challenge to come up with the theme nothing, but – nothing. I know, too nihilistic for some, but this post will hopefully show that there is nothing bad about nothing.
This is very important – to take leisure time. Pace is the essence. Without stopping entirely and doing nothing at all for great periods, you’re gonna lose everything. … And how many people do this in modern society? Very few. That’s why they’re all totally mad, frustrated, angry and hateful.~ Charles Bukowski
The next time you catch yourself doing nothing, make a mental toast to yourself and dedicate your nothing to every too much that ever was. Then name the day Personal Nothing Day since only one International Nothing Day won’t cut it.
In fact, one International Nothing Day is how it begins.
Until there is only one International Non-Nothing Day.
I started out with nothing and I still got most of it left.~ Tom Waits
Here is where I morph into the theme of blur that Patrick proposes for his Pic and a Word challenge. I wrote:
You think you have something
blur, blur, nothing.
But if it’s a blur
then it’s not a nothing.
It may be the most
you’ll ever get.
When the blur blurs into nothing,
no thing is safe from sharpness.
And finally, this is what I mean, in photos: I strive for something and get the blur. Just for a taste – I’ve got many many many more where these came from.
In response to Patrick Jennings’ Pic and a Word Challenge #211: Blur