We have a current concept in our culture applicable to political nothingness when we invoke the word “nothingburger.” A nothingburger seems to be a promised meal that does not come through, that contains nothing, and certainly not a burger.
A parallel saying might be “there is no there, there.” Instead of something, nothing appears. That we have invented a new word and more and more invoke an old phrase (no there, there) suggests that nothingness is more and more on the table.
The current climate emergency, the rising of temperatures that are breaking all records in Europe and in China and elsewhere, and the refusal of 50 senators in the American Senate to be thinking about their grandchildren even for a second, this too is a nothingburger.
Senators elected to serve the people who choose to do nothing to fight climate change is an experience of political nothingness that can, in turn, lead to the Earth becoming one day nothing, meaning no place for living things to thrive again. Nothing—no action–can bring on nothing.
Another example of the political experience of nothingness is the current Supreme Court.
Today’s Supreme Court is a nothingburger when it comes to justice. It is a something when it comes to sadism and misogyny and religious zealotry and being beholden to Opus Dei and The Heritage Foundation and its kooky ideas of originalism (which sounds very much like biblical literalism to me) and that is killing any pretense of justice.
It is no longer a court that cares about justice; it is an engine for kooky religious zealots who care more for corporations than for the survival of Mother Earth; more for defending fetuses than respecting mothers and the difficult and complex decisions they must make daily; more for their sadistic impulses of omnipotence than for the peoples of this country; all covered up with a fig leaf of pseudo jurisprudence.
On the brighter side, a powerful majority of ordinary citizens in Kansas have proven their strong distaste for Nothingburgers.
To be continued.
See Matthew Fox, Sins of the Spirit, Blessings of the Flesh: Transforming Evil in Soul and Society, pp. xxxviii, 258-263, 300.
To read a transcript of Matthew Fox’s video teaching, click HERE.
Banner image: Nothing on a plate, by Thought Catalog on Unsplash
Queries for Contemplation
Do you, along with a strong plurality of Kansan voters, have a strong distaste for Nothingburgers? What follows from that?