seinfeld had an entire show about nothing, so why can’t there be a blog about one? teh thing about the show was, it wasn’t so much about ‘nothing’ as it was about all the nothings we deal with each day. those nothings were, indeed, something. why do we minimize? when asked how things are going, don’t most of us take a generic route? i can’t tell you how many times i have said ‘fine’ or ‘good’ not because i’m actually appraising my day, but i’m just giving a cordial response. ditto with “what’s up?” are we really being approached for meaningful conversation or is this just a socially acceptable start up? or perhaps you’ve experienced the drive-by, a question that might, under normal circumstances, make for a real conversation but could no way be answered in the time it takes to pass someone in the hall. back to nothing…i truly believe that the art of conversation is one that can be applied to nearly any topic, even nothing. in a training today we were talking about scholars being out of the box thinkers and i asserted that perhaps scholars didn’t need to leave the box, that they in fact became masters of the entire box and could practice their craft without going outside of said box. was the conversation necessary? probabaly not. would it be classified as nothing by some because it didn’t yield any answers? probabaly so. is it sometimes enjoyable to ponder ideas that have only a tertiary relationship to what is being discussed absolutely. even if some people would just call that nothing.
blog about nothing