Why Is There Nothing

Written by Manuel Arturo Abreu on November 11, 2011
Arranged by Nicholas Rutkaus on January 31, 2013
Published in Issue 006

whyistherenothingandnotsomethingdesignwisetheuniversewouldhavebeenmoreeffi
cientifithadbeenanemptyvacuumentropywouldntevenbeavariableinthatuniverseth
erewouldbenostatesofprobabilityinthatuniversenoquantumentanglementinthecol
destwaypossibleitwouldbeperfectbutforwhateverreasonpurebeingwhichalwaysnee
dsavesselinwhichtoencodeitselfconfiguredthisuniverseasitisitsanegregiousmi
raclewhichwedontdeservegodwillforgiveusforbeingbornbutinthemeantimeifwereg
oingtobetryingsohardtomapdesireontorealityisupposeselectingyourbabyseyecol
orisprettycrucialcouldweatleastrealizewhosdesiremapsareallowingourtinylitt
ledesiremapstoexisthowcananyaverageamericannotwakeupfeelingdirtyfromtheirh
abituationtotheschizofascistmanipulationwehaveacceptedforourentireliveseve
ryatomexpandsinwardtocontaintheentireuniverseforwhateverreasonmostlikelybe
causeoftheprimitivenessofourperceptionprobabilitycloudsofatomicstatescompr
essintoobjectsandeventsweevolvedtomapsoundtomeaninginthebestwaywecouldbutp
urebeinghastrickedusherelanguagecanscarcelybeanalyzedwithlanguageitsnotimp
ossibleitsjusteasytogetconfusedbylackofprecisiontheresareasonwittgensteinw
asdescribedaswantingtoendphilosophybuttheresalsoareasonwittgensteinexasper
atedhimselfrepeatingthatmeaningisuseevenifwecantconstructausefulmetalangua
getounderstandhowitisthatweconstructtheworldarounduswecanobservethewaysinw
hichthetoolswehavedevelopedareusedfordifferentpurposesindifferentcontextsi
nthiswaywecanmakeclearhowitisthatlanguageandthebodyareusedtoexpressallthat
humansarecapableofexpressingwhenhumanityendstherichesttraditionswewillhave
leftbehinduswillbeourlanguagesandtheprimordialforcesderivedfromthemartbypr
imordialforceimeantheuniversalimpulsethatisthedevelopmentinhumanperception
toinagivenstateofaffairsconceiveofwhatisnotthecasethereforeaswittgensteins
aysadogcanexpecthismastertocomebuthecannotexpecthismastertocomenextthursda
yofcoursedogsdonothavelanguagewhichisludwigspointbuttheymayhavesomeotherme
thodofinstinctualhabituationbywhichtheycanindeedexpecttheirmasternextthurs
dayneverthelessdogsarenocapableoflinguisticabstractionthemeansbywhichapers
oncansitinaroomandimagineanythingthatisoutsideofthatroommaybeifthingsthatd
ontevenexistcandoanythingwecandoanythingmorelikelytherearedrasticlimitstoo
urperceptionandwhileweshoulddoourbesttobendthemweshouldalsorespecttheirpre
senceweweredesignedwithlimitstowhatweshouldknowandwhatweshoulddoitsclearfr
omthetrajectoryhumanhistoryhastakenthatouraffairsarenotinorderweareinahell
ofhandbasketsandifwedontchangequicklythingsaredoomedforusormaybeasschopenh
auersaysourrealityistheworstpossibleofworldsandwilladaptasitproceedsinitsw
retchednessbutthereispowerintheuniversalimpulseuiuserinterfacetheuniversal
impulseallowsforthemanipulationoftheuserinterfaceandthereforetheinterfacei
sanindividualmanifestationoftheimpulsewhichexistsatageneralhumanleveljusta
sthelanguageorgandoeslanguagelikelyprecededtheuniversalimpulsesincelanguag
eanditsmapson/fromthehumanbodyalongwiththeenvironmentarethepivotalfactorsd
eterminingtheuserinterfaceasitevolvedandultimatelycrystallizedtheuniversal
impulsehoweverwasevolvingsimultaneouslyandthecrystallizationoflanguageallo
wedittocometofullfruitiontoodrunkneedtosleepits439amthisistheonlytimeiwill
everbetwentyyearsoldonnovember19that439aminportlandoregoninthisfourdimensi
onaluniverseabeingoffivedimensionscouldexperiencethisentireuniverseasanobj
ectwalkarounditweas3dimensionalshavetosufferthroughspacetimeseeingacrossse
ctionofthatsculpturebutaflatlanderwalkingalongalinealsohasatherdisposalthe
metaphorofanotherdimensionshecanspinaroundthelineaddingparadoxtohermotionp
aradoxcanbethemostproductivethingeverandtheparadoxoflanguageiswhatallowedf
orthedevelopmentoftheuniversalimpulseonecanonlyconceiveofwhatisnotthecasei
nanegationofapositivepropositionandthereforetoconceiveoftheimaginaryonemus
tstillworkwithintherealmoftheconcreteanimaginaryentityafterallisonlyadiscu
rsiveramificationofaconcretespeechactthatisitsrealbutonlyinsofarasthelangu
ageitinhabitsisatruephenomenonwhydidpurebeingconfiguretheuniverseinthisway