"Without content we are nothing."
We are nothing?
Who would say such a thing--passionately? A dermatologist? A neurologist? A nutrition scientist? An old-fashioned pedagogue? A Jungian psychoanalyst? A winemaker? An enlightened web developer?
I'm pretty interested in this word content. It's a funny word for words and pictures that go on a web site, because content has no implications for meaning or quality: it just means stuff that isn't for decoration or navigation.
Applying the word content to people is even funnier. I like it, though it freaks me out.
It's no stranger than other common physical/structural metaphors that are shortcuts to understanding the complicated way humans function: body/soul, left/right brain, superego/ego/id, split personality, chakra...
If we have content, then we are containers. Is the container our body, our mind, or what?
Enough. Max Gimblett said it, in a radio interview with Kim Hill last Saturday 24 May 2008. I suppose I could try to translate his comment but that would be a heck of a lot more boring than,
Without content, we are nothing. And this from the guy who painted Even a good thing is not as good as nothing. Celebrating the mysterious, unattainable void.