Where does the Void come from?
(Or, in Nietzsche's terms: Where does Nihilism come from?)
If Cain were to put on spectacles and a cardigan and lecture his students; if the Adversary of Job were to publish a treatise on humanity, it would be indistinguishable from Nietzsche and “Will to Power.”
Nietzsche erred as usual for those who think—who overthink; think too far; too high; too much: he erred with his first step, forgetting he claimed there was no ground—no steps—no stairs. Yet he convinced himself he climbed up and chided those who wouldn’t follow. He started too late in his own sentence, “There is no…” when he should have stopped with “There is…”
He tried with all his will to create something from nothing. Believed in it like the “Big Bangers.” But it is not possible. Even nothing must be created from something. Even the very idea of nothing must come from somewhere—some place.
The void is the first terrible discovery of man--not his last (just ask Adam with his apple). It is not a discovery of “The Enlightenment;” or Freud’s ego: the modern “I.” The void does not owe its emptiness to Nietzsche—but it might to Solomon.
To say, “There is no truth” is, of course, to say the one thing the speaker, himself, won’t hear—a lie (because he feels it true)—an impossible utterance. He just said invisible words: “The only truth!…there is no truth!” To say, "There is nothing," is a denial, not of himself (which Christ demands of every man who would live), but rather a denial of everything except himself.
It is easy to be convinced a way is right for the one who walks in a where he says doesn’t exist—or rather, for the one who won’t walk at all because there is no right way. He alone can occupy a single, invisible point that is right—a truth even he can’t see because he is standing on it.