When we encounter emptiness where we expect to find substance the result is anger, bewilderment, and disillusionment. The foundation of life and society falls apart, and we are unable to function in any constructive manner. Under such circumstances, some may act in a destructive way. Sometimes others are lost in a fog, groping for any foothold.
Instinctively we expect to find substance in food, in recreation, and in relationship with the Creator. When this “tripod” is established, secondary expectations will also be met. Children will find substance in adults. Adults can expect to find substance in friendship, marriage, and family.
In recent years we have been seeing the harvest of emptiness. We have seen individuals spraying bullets into groups of school children. We have seen a rise in domestic violence. We see parents abusing children, and children committing violent crimes.
Our approach to dealing with this growing problem has been to “throw the book” at the perpetrators. This solution will continue to be ineffectual because the problem does not rise from lack of “book” so much as lack of substance. Law and order, “the book,” can be a constructive influence in a society of substance, or, in a society of emptiness, it can be the tool of tyranny.
To really deal with the problem me must tackle the question of emptiness or substance.
I have commented in these pages about the consequences of pollution. Emptiness is a pollutant that can affect all areas of life, whether physical, mental, or spiritual. Unlike other pollutants, there is no definitive test to determine its presence. A look at empty foods will suffice to show how destructive a pollutant it is. Due to our agricultural practices most foods are empty of nutrients. They don’t taste right. To overcome the lack of taste, prepackaged foods and commercially prepared foods resort to adding refined sugar, refined salt, and chemical “taste enhancers.” So on top of few nutrients in our food, we have the added burden of a toxic load. This creates a vicious cycle in our bodies. Instinctively we crave foods that should provide the nutrients to help move the toxins out of our bodies. Instead of adequate nutrition, we encounter more toxins. There may well be parallels here with other areas of our lives such as emotional, mental, or spiritual.
Jesus said, in his sermon on the mount, “Blessed are you who hunger and thirst after righteousness for you shall be filled.” (Righteousness could be a synonym for substance here.) It is this hunger and thirst that is your guide. When you experience this hunger and thirst, you cannot be satisfied by anything less than substance. No amount of emptiness will do.
The Perfection of Physical Substance
Premium, wild-crafted, blue-green algae (AFA) is the most substantive food I have experienced. It readily supplies the nutrients your body needs to detoxify. It supplies what you need to begin functioning properly at all levels. Six times more antioxidants than blueberries, twice the protein of beef, twenty two times more iron than spinach, five times more fiber than oatmeal, more chlorophyll than wheat grass juice, six times more calcium than milk, nine times more beta-carotene than carrots—it is no wonder that this food satisfies your body like no other can. All these nutrients and more are balanced by nature to ensure that your body sees them at the cellular level where they do you well.
Once you experience substance on the food level, you may find you demand it on other levels also. You may find yourself intolerant of shallowness and gloss in relationships, in recreation, and in religion. But just as substantive foods can aid the body in detoxifying, so substance in other areas can bring about needed “detox” in these areas as well. But don’t worry, this is the road to health. Blessed are those who hunger and thirst after substance for they shall be filled.
Here is the antidote to our culture of emptiness and all the symptoms of vacuity we see around us. Nature, we are told, abhors a vacuum. So if you are distressed by the empty behavior in our world, begin to bring about the cure. First fill yourself with substance that you can bring substance to others.
By Ellis Hein