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A reader writes … By Jack V. Adler

February 02, 2001

Out beyond all cosmic bodies, beyond dark matter and the fringe of space, where only exists the light of infinity, my mind searches for that called nothing.

Into the innermost portion of person I delve past the infinitesimal microscopic invisible parts of matter, past thought and theory, in my search for that called nothing. I have searched beyond infinity of the visible and the invisible. I have journeyed far and delved deeply into all discovered conceptions and published theory, and I have not found the object of my search. I have found something everywhere.

I have tried to call nothing forth out of darkness and light, out of myth and legend, fable and superstition, but it does not come forth. It is not there.

There is no such thing as nothing. There is only something. No matter the size of the telescope or microscope I find only something in between something. There is no empty space, no void, no restraints or corridors for nothing to escape. It did not escape. There was never any such thing as nothing.


Something has filled all of eternity with an immortality that can never be removed or erased. The life cycles forever remain and expand, completely enveloping us to prevent us from ever being nothing. We are composed of something for something, though in this crowded universe we do not know why or for what. But we do not exist in vain. We are an integral part of something.

In this universe something fills every portion even to infinity; an omnipresent something that is not visible to the human eye, but exerts influence and force upon every living thing continuously. And the whole of the universe every microscopic bit is alive: the soil, rocks, every atom and subatomic particle in constant motion, whether or not we are aware of it, all moving in accordance with will and law of the Creator. Even in death this movement does not cease, as the body returns to basic elementary materials from which it may take a new form and produce different effects throughout the area where it comes to rest.

If the spirit returns to its source, isn't it logical to believe it continues to remain in the universe, perhaps in a realm unthought and undreamed by humanity fulfilling a purpose known only to the intelligence that sent it forth in the beginning?

As we have said this something is omnipresent, an intelligent force for a purpose hence must also be omniscient, aware of all things past and future and is the omnipotent present. With all these attributes we can only humbly say that this supreme intelligence is what we know as God, and has always been without beginning or end, and is the Creator of all things including this globe we call home. It obviously did not come about by chance, but by divine guidance and direction, hence purpose is obviously present.

We often hear the phrase, "the mind of God." Is this a deprecation by limiting God the Creator to our human conception of mind? I think so. The creator is much more than any concept of mind we may have. He is the all-encompassing, infinite entity knowing all things that has happened or will happen.

Anselm declares, "God is a being than which no greater can be thought of — if we hold before our minds the notion of a supreme being, the one which no greater can be thought of we must at least think of that being as incapable of not existing."

The past, present and future are all one, appearing as a giant panoramic scene depicting all eternity in its most minute detail that cannot change; from which can be selected anything conceived of dreamed of, or imagined.

The question is, do we have a choice, can we do the selecting or are we guided by the all knowing Creator to bring forth events and invention at a given time and place in harmony with eternity and its depiction of unalterable time? In what degree do we or can we participate in the drama unfolding in our mind's eye, in our world? Are we merely spectators moved to the right or left, up or down by events we delude ourselves into thinking we can control?

Man controls practically nothing. In many cases he cannot even control himself. It is impossible to control nature; all he can do is stand in awe of what he sees and guess at the future, doing his best to stay out of harm's way.

In the human drama on the stage of life man finds himself to be both audience and actor; audience because he cannot leave the theatre, even if he might choose to do so until the final curtain falls and the lights are dimmed to exit; actor because he has been cast as a necessary part of individual life without which the plot would not or could not be complete. He may not have a leading part, but he is important to the unfolding composition as directed by the Creator.

Though you may be assigned the character, it's how you perform that makes for good or ill. It depends on your portrayal; you can be the ogre or angel, it's up to you. God knows the future, he is omniscient, but that does not mean he causes human discomfort. Man is good at doing that himself. He is his own worst enemy. Man may be audience and actor, but that does not give him license to remodel the theatre. He is not the owner, but merely a participant for a short time.

JACK V. ADLER is an El Centro resident.

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