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A Short Story About Nothing

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A Short Story About Nothing

By Tyler Grooms Far before the inevitable creation of the universe there existed Nothing – a familiarly unfamiliar state of non-existent darkness that permeated the infinite reach of all space and time. Though in those days – if you can call them days – space and time lacked the linear property given to them by those who coined the term. In those days, space and time were infinitesimally small; existing within the confines of Nothing, while Nothing existed within the confines of time and space. Time and Space were Nothing. By many definitions, Nothing was non-existent: Nothing had no color, taste, sense, or smell. Nothing cast no shadow, nor had light by which to try. Nothing did not move, it did not think, it did not know. There was nothing but nothingness, and Nothing was all there was. For had there been anything other than nothing, then there would have been something, and that would have been enough to have thrown the entire creation of all that is and all that ever was into an unbalanced spiral of hypothetical nonsense which would have surely toppled over and consumed itself before ever existing in the first place. Luckily for everything, Nothing was all there was. Luckily, Nothing was everything. There was nothing that wasn’t Nothing. All that is was Nothing; Nothing wasn’t anything at all. Then it happened. It’s hard to tell when, as time didn’t exist, but it happened in an instant all the same. Nothing realized it was nothing! Where Nothing had once existed within it’s very own non-existence; was once simply the state of not being, Nothing realized it was actually something, and that something was nothingness. For after all, Nothing realized, it had always been something. Nothing was absence. It had always been absence; absence is what nothing is – and though devoid of anything by rule, certainly absence was still something? Furthermore, Nothing realized it knew what it wasn’t. Nothing realized it wasn’t really anything – and if Nothing wasn’t anything, then Nothing wasn’t everything, and if Nothing wasn’t everything, then there was now the potential for something other than Nothing. It was this paradox that began the creation of the universe. The very notion of this potential immediately required a line of separation from Nothing, for now that something other than Nothing was possible, it had no choice but to then begin existing. Immediately Time and Space exploded from the confines of nothingness and stretched onward, leaping forward into the far reaches of potential. No longer limited by the perception of non-existence, they were now free to explore; to expand; to fill the voids of Nothing and to become Something else – to take their rightful place as the arena for everything. Time and Space were now more than Nothing; they were now Something – an answer to non-existence; the obverse of absence. The mere potential for existence allowed them to develop into the esoteric plane of being from which all other things emerge. If Nothing was absence, then Time and Space were presence, and together compose the triumvirate of all that is, all that was, and all that ever could be. -TG...

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A Philosophical Parable

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A Philosophical Parable

Wake up. Find a clean shirt. That specter in the mirror is presentable. Don’t be late. Bluish-grey when you open the door. Calm colors wrapped around an sea of steel flesh. A sea of progression. Keep your head down toward the grass. Close that door. The key turns and the creation breathes. Push your foot down. The machine takes you anywhere you want to go. Down the road is far enough. Turn a volume knob. This one takes you back. Laying in the sand and watching the stars. Watching the sunset. She was never into you. Push a button and change the station. Through those revolving doors. New faces in the hallway. Keep your head down toward the floor. Sit down and start over again. You made it back. Exhale and relax. Remember that song and those faces. Keep your head up. You can see the colors a lot better. – Cody...

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Your Own Philosophy

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Your Own Philosophy

By Mallory Grooms Recently, I came to the realization that life is about the journey, and that if I only focus on the destination, then I will never truly be content because I’ll always be longing for something more. This is the new life philosophy I’ve been attempting to put into practice as of late. However, I’m a goal-oriented human being. Quite frankly, I get a thrill out of setting a goal and creating a multi-colored, 12-step, neatly planned out path to get there. That’s just who I am… So, I decided I needed to discover my own philosophy. Something that combines these two schools of thought into one life-altering way of thinking. My mind races and worries far too much for the complacency of the journey, but I am cognizant of the dangers of never appreciating life’s voyages. However, my post really isn’t to tell you what I discovered or what my plan is. It’s to encourage you to create your own philosophy. There are a lot of extremely wise, experienced individuals in this world who can offer the greatest of advice. Take it in, by all means, but use it to help you create your own way of thinking as opposed to just using it to be your way of thinking. We’re all on a case-by-case basis. You know your thoughts, feelings, experiences, and expectations. Learn from people, books, lyrics, etc., and use such knowledge to formulate ideas that best suite YOU! Give yourself credit, and allow yourself to do so. Know that ultimately it is you that provides the best course of action for your life. Be proud of yourself! -Mallory...

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It’s The Little Things…

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It’s The Little Things…

It really is the little things that make life so special… In further thinking about it, perhaps those things really aren’t so “little,” after all… After a long night of sound checks, set changes, and fantastic performances (coupled with a 6 A.M. alarm the following morning), I was definitely running low on steam. The last thing I wanted to do after a long workday was laundry, but I didn’t think my boss would want me rockin’ my Christmas-themed Hello Kitty pajama pants to work. Settling into a bench in my apartment complex’s laundry center, I decided to get some much-needed personal work accomplished. Upon seeing my elbows perched on my laptop, supporting my hands that were busy covering my face, a kind gentleman awoke me from my daze chuckling “looks like someone needs some coffee!” He proceeded to inquire about my current occupation, taking a genuine interest in that which led me to my tired state. It was obvious by his dress that he, too, had been at work all day, and was coming to take care of necessary chores. After making multiple trips to and from the laundry room, he made a final trip before departing. He was running to the store up the road and asked if I would like anything to drink. My heart smiled. This nice man didn’t know me. He didn’t have to ask me why I looked tired. He certainly didn’t have to make an extra trip just to ask if I would like a caffeine boost. The selflessness of others continuously amazes me and will forever remain one of the most beautiful qualities a person can possess. His actions showed that he cared for more than just himself—that he was interested in assisting others to become better, stronger individuals. And by no means, is that a “little” thing. When we show kindness to others and take interest in their well-being, we are telling the world that it isn’t all about us. John Donne wrote “No man is an island entire of itself; every man is a piece of the continent, a part of the main; if a clod be washed away by the sea, Europe is the less, as well as if a promontory were, as well as a manor of thy friends or of thine own were; any man’s death diminishes me, because I am involved in mankind. And therefore never send to know for whom  the bell tolls; it tolls for thee.” – Meditation 17, from Devotions Upon Emergent Occasions We’re here to look out for each other; to feel the pain and happiness that our fellow mankind experiences. Having genuine interest and compassion for others goes a long, long way. -Mallory...

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