Oblivion

Oblivion

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You can’t study the darkness by flooding it with light — Edward Abbey

Oblivion is what is formless before form is conceived. It is the wellspring from which everything emerges, though it contains nothing because it precedes the concept of nothing. Oblivion precedes all definition and only exists as a mirror to what is defined. Yet there is nothing in the mirror image. Nonetheless, though it is nothing, and precedes nothing, it is important in the imaginary of power, matter, form, man, geography, history, and all being and beings, because it obliges us to think about limits, or limit conditions. It obliges us to seek moments when thinking breaks down into nothingness. Far from being a useless exercise, it is vital to think about the effective nothing when aiming to think about the existent something at least for two reasons. It is on the limits of the known that authority breaks down conclusively. And it is on the limits of the known that we confront what Heidegger called “The Open.” In that space we are returned to primal factors: instinct, desire, time, scale, relevance, anxiety, and joy without reason.