About “The Presence of Emptiness”
By Mery Godigna Collet
Emptiness, in a physical, emotional or spiritual way, is always defined by something.
In a physical way, we refer to an empty house, car, bottle…
In an emotional way, is part of the process of grief generated by separation, and significant changes.
Most of the times, is related to social alienation, apathy, depression, loneliness, despair and other emotions.
The western cultural approach to Emptiness is the “horror vacui” (which is Latin for “fear of emptiness”). And here we are… trying to fulfill that “space” with years of therapy or online dating or…
The concept of “emptiness” is not new. It was important to Existentialism, the “philosophic movement that gives voice to the sense of alienation and despair. There we have Kafka, Camus, Sartre…Also we found some poems of Eliot (The love song of Alfred Prufrock”), and emptiness is also present in Hemingway, Faulkner, Steinbeck…
Taoism, propose that a state of emptiness is viewed as a state of stillness and placidity which is the “mirror of the universe” and the “pure mind”. The path is to successfully empty the mind of all wishes and ideas.
The book “The Presence of Emptiness” is homage to Stephan Mallarmé. His poetry and the way is written (in layers) has influenced my work.