Sunday, April 18, 2010

The Day The Earth Stood Still

Eighty years ago today nothing happened.

At 630PM GMT April 18th 1930 the announcement that "there is no news today" followed by 10 minutes of light piano music replaced the regularly scheduled BBC newscast.

The beauty of this paradox is delicate and worthy of slow and thoughtful consumption.  Not only did they make news by stating that there wasn't any, but they hinted at deeper insights into the nature of being and nothingness.  For how can we even conceive of nothingness when the fact that it can be thought proves that it is conceptual, and in being conceived it is.  Since something that is cannot fail to exist; it is certainly not nothingness even if it is.

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