I, who have nothing

Friedrich Nietzsche, 1875
Friedrich Nietzsche, 1875

‘I, who have nothing’

By Tony DeLorger © 2011

‘I, who have nothing, have everything.

I, who have everything, have nothing.’

An oxymoron, a paradox and a truth of a given perspective; what we pursue and eventually obtain in life is often not what we wanted. The trick is to seek fulfilment and happiness regardless of what we have or our circumstance. What we see as value is subjective, bound by the limits of our understanding and experience. Unfortunately many of us realise what is important in life when it’s all but over.

The pursuit of material wealth and circumstance is a double-edged sword, the sacrifices we make gaining it and the realisation that it does not create happiness cutting deep into our being. Friedrich Nietzsche believed the dominating force in humanity was not ‘survival’ as you would expect, but what he called ‘The Will to Power’. This driving force of power and dominance is a part of our material pursuit, believing that wealth gives us influence, control, more choices and ultimately a better life. What we do not realise is that it in no way contributes to happiness and fulfilment as we indeed expected.

Money often creates misery, a new circumstance of great complexity that can override our common sense and lead us into a world of illusion, money being the source of all things. The reality is what money can buy is of little importance in any spiritual sense and therefore is a shallow and superficial pursuit.

Being an inhabitant of earth, we have a plethora of physical circumstance; born into it through no fault of our own we have to accept our environment, our inheritance. Whether poverty or affluence, what we have in humanity, is everything. We have a mind, the capacity to decide and a body to experience all that life has to offer. Yes there are physical and circumstantial limits; but we have the ability to change how we see those attributes.

Think of a paraplegic whose life is transformed by some random accident. He can choose to be beaten and become a victim of life, or he can deal with his disability by developing new skills and with determination improve his life far beyond where he was. These perceived miracles are simply people discovering, and often, changing their view of what is important and fulfilling their lives with these new ideals.

We can all blindly follow our material aspirations for what we feel is security or whatever, but the only security that exists is within our minds. When we have prioritised what is important and have created an internal security within us, this then manifests in a positive way in our physical lives. Working backwards and creating what we feel is security in a physical sense, is counterproductive. The physical world can change on a whim: the stock market can fall, the housing market, you could be sued for every penny and you could fall under a bus. Security comes with understanding who we are, being at terms with our imperfections and allowing ourselves to be happy, to love and cherish life as the gift it is.

‘I, who have nothing, have everything.’


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Tony DeLorger 5 years ago from Adelaide, South Australia Author

That was the point Kim, and he had many manuscripts for the publishing of his ideas. It's just my strange sense of humour. Have a great day.


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kimh039 5 years ago

ok. never mind. i just looked at his pic. my what a big moustache!


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kimh039 5 years ago

no. i didn't know that, but now that i do, i'm not at all sure i know what it means:) He didn't have any manuscripts? He has a huge moustache? I'm a little late replying so i hope you have a little memory left with which to recall:)


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Tony DeLorger 5 years ago from Adelaide, South Australia Author

Thanks again Hound Cat. I believe the true value in life exist within, not in the world of superficiality.


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Hound Cat 5 years ago from Los Angeles area of Southern California USA

Powerful concepts especially that without love you have nothing no matter what your status.


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Tony DeLorger 5 years ago from Adelaide, South Australia Author

Kim, did you know that Friedrich Nietzsche used to keep all his unpublished manuscripts in his moustache?


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Tony DeLorger 5 years ago from Adelaide, South Australia Author

or should I say...with which to reflect. My grammar demons are always waiting in the shadows.


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kimh039 5 years ago

LOL.


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Tony DeLorger 5 years ago from Adelaide, South Australia Author

Very funny Kim. My worry is that one day I'll have nothing to reflect with.


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kimh039 5 years ago

I too have been reflecting on nothing lately. Hmmm.


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Tony DeLorger 5 years ago from Adelaide, South Australia Author

Thanks for reading howcurecancer.


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howcurecancer 5 years ago

The will to power is so dangerous.


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Tony DeLorger 5 years ago from Adelaide, South Australia Author

Thanks kafsoa. Hope you can read some more of my work.


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kafsoa 5 years ago

Very interesting hub, I've really enjoyed reading it to the end. Thank you :)


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Tony DeLorger 5 years ago from Adelaide, South Australia Author

Thanks for all your comments guys.


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Randy Behavior 5 years ago from Near the Ocean

I find the topic of money and the different spiritual ideas attached to it very interesting. Thanks for sharing this one.


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HattieMattieMae 5 years ago from Limburg, Netherlands

Totally agree with you. We waste so much money on materialism things, we think it will make us happy, but even people that are wealthy are not always happy. They may have everything, but without love they have nothing. We can't put a price tag on that. :)


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flying_fish 5 years ago from GTA

Buddha say: "There is no way to happiness - happiness is the way"

A nice summation of something Osho said about Atisha's seven points of mind training:

Attachment as a poison is such that attachment shall bring loss

Attachment as a base of virtue is such that love for a thing need never be fettered by separation

Aversion as a poison is such that aversion shall bring contempt

Aversion as a base of virtue is such that love for a thing need never be fettered by discord

Indifference as a poison is such that indifference shall bring enslavement

Indifference as a base of virtue is such that love need never be fettered

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