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john davies
notes from a small vicar
from a parish
in Liverpool, UK

    Sunday, December 12, 2004
    Nothing is what I most need
     
    What do I really want for Christmas? Nothing. It's not that I don't want anything. There's always going to be some stupid object I think I can't live without. But, at the core, nothing is what I most need. Do you get me? I need nothing - the sense of nothingness. Wouldn't everyone be happy with a little nothing in their lives?

    That's the best wisdom I've found in an entire treeload of Sunday supplements today. It's pretty Zen in its own way and the best thing about it is it doesn't come from some London media arts crony; these are the words of Paul, a postman.

    Having spent much time searching all this newsprint for something (other than the footer coverage) to provoke, inspire, entertain, and been otherwise disappointed, I realise the irony in what I've been doing ... it's been nothing. Which is probably what I really needed...