The Temptation Of Nothing

Thought Catalog

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A man lies on his living room floor. His eyes are closed, arms by his side. His face is still, even, but occasionally furrowed. He continues to lie there and then, after several days, a smile begins to form. Suddenly, he feels free from the hassles and negotiations of the social — free of words and phone calls, of texts and emails and traffic, of PowerPoint and stomachaches, of all the worldly things that drag him down. In closing his eyes, he’s shutting out his body and this crass, physical world. He’s entering the pristine world of the spirit.

Another man lies on his living room floor, eyes closed, arms by his side. And, like the other man, a smile begins to form after several days. But he’s not smiling because he’s distancing himself from the world. No, he’s smiling because he’s breaking out of the…

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