The New Philosophy Vol 98 No 3-4, July-December 1995
The topic of this essay is “nothing(ness).” The concept of “nothing” is not only used in a logical or ontological context, but also in our daily life; in conversations, parables, clichés and axioms. In Zen Buddhism, however, we hardly find a more important concept than “nothing,” because it provides Zen practitioners with a jumping board to look into themselves, and therefrom to see the Universal Being. They call it Satori, which is, as it were, a cosmic insight. For them, “nothing” is not a mere abstract concept but a sign of discovery of a new life and a new world.
Scientific investigators work constantly to increase our understanding of nature, and their efforts bear fruit. Subtle mysteries of natural existence now fall into human hands routinely, exposing a world formerly hidden from our view. The field of molecular genetics must be one of the most exciting new areas available to us now. With enthusiasm we incorporate new information from this area into applications in genetic engineering. The pharmaceutical industry is driving toward better treatments for congenital ailments based on gene therapy, and medical researchers are finding many diagnostic uses for genetic screening. Potential practical benefits from this area stagger many, and keep scientists working at mind-numbing paces to extract these benefits as soon as possible. Could we use these discoveries in other ways?
What does Swedenborg as a witness write about marriages in heaven?