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The Zero of Nothing’s Beauty

July 30, 2008

We start, then, with nothing, pure zero.
But this is not the nothing of negation.
For not means other than, and other
is merely a synonym of the ordinal numeral second.

As such it implies a first;
while the present pure zero
is prior to every first. The nothing
of negation is the nothing of death,
which comes second to, or after,
everything.

But this pure zero is the nothing
of not having been born.
There is no individual thing,
no compulsion, outward nor inward,
no law. It is the germinal nothing,
in which the whole universe is involved
or foreshadowed. As such, it is absolutely
undefined and unlimited possibility — boundless possibility.

There is no compulsion and no law.
It is boundless freedom.

Charles S. Peirce, “Logic of Events” (1898)

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