According to philosopher Aristotle, “Nature abhors a vacuum.” My cat abhors a vacuum too. I remember the day I held her and turned on the vacuum at the same time. Bad Idea! You can’t drop the cat or turn off the vacuum fast enough to avoid life threatening injuries.
On a serious note, a vacuum (empty space) really is abhorrent to life. Aristotle based his conclusion on the observation that nature requires every space to be filled with something, even if it is only invisible air. A vacuum is a place of silence darkness and death. Likewise people who live in a vacuum, begin to shrivel intellectually, socially and spiritually. They begin to die.
How strange then that people occasionally have the tendency to retreat from the vibrant environment of life filled space to a space just filled with self. I think it’s because a space filled with new ideas, unfamiliar, weird people feels risky, unsafe. That kind of space is challenging, requires thinking and sometimes can be painful. Well, welcome to life! As I said in my book Fully Alive, “Life is a battle and if your not bleeding and don’t smell gun-smoke you may need to contact the nearest coroner.”
There is a reason no one wants to spend time in the crawl space, or the space in the attic. There is nothing there. No pain, no adventure, no diversity. Empty space is just that, “empty.” I never want to move toward empty. People who are “fully alive” abhor a vacuum. They invite people into their space. They explore the space inhabited by others.
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Do you ever feel like you are living in a vacuum with the world rushing by you?
What is it that brings vitality and excitement to your space?