A while ago I had a small epiphany about the void as a fundamental creative force. I was thinking about my long term employed status versus some of the entrepreneurial enterprises I am involved in.
The place where I work would probably have to called a small to medium sized business; not huge but not ‘mom and pop’ either, probably about 80 employees in two locations. The business literally started in the owners garage. After a few jobs that didn’t work out and a few joint ventures that fell apart, the owner figured ‘Well, I can’t do any worse than these other guys’ and set out on his own.
Because that business has survived since, I’ve had a steady paycheck and a short commute for several years. My boss had a void to fill, I haven’t.
My martial arts instructor has a similar story. The martial arts school he started out in ended up closing amidst scandal – the certificates even turned out to be fake. He went to extraordinary measures to complete his black belt, and then floated around for a while, eventually coming to a series of teaching positions that got organized under the name his own school. If his original school had been stayed open, I might be training there instead, and the Academy of Hosinsul would never exist.
In the marital arts themselves, the void shows up. If you want to put someone on the ground, you often need to make a place for him to fall. A hole in one’s defenses could be described as a void as well.
Years ago, I did a lot of things to fill the void – programming and game design mainly. Now, my life is rather full, and these interests compete with myriad other pursuits.