Merton on words, nothingness, silence and being
Words stand between silence and silence: between the silence of things and the silence of our own being.
From moment to moment I remember with astonishment that I am at the same time empty and full.
There is a silent self within us whose presence is disturbing precisely because it is so silent: it can’t be spoken.
Life is not accomplishing some special work but attaining to a degree of consciousness and inner freedom which is beyond all works and attainments. That is my real goal. It implies "becoming unknown and as nothing."
I looked upon what was nothing. I touched what was without substance,
and within what was not, I am.
Taken from “You Don’t Have to be Buddhist to Know Nothing” ed. Joan Konner.