Perhaps we've been looking at the current American administration and the Corona Virus pandemic from too narrow a perspective.
It might need a philosophical analysis to register the import of the man and the virus.
The reason why Nishitani, in his middle period, likened emptiness to the all- transcending empty sky is because he sought to understand emptiness in relation to the problem of how to overcome nihilism. Nihilism is not prior to religion. Rather it is an event in history that comes after the age of religion – one which, moreover, denies any possibility of gaining salvation through religion. It nullifies all the various philosophical endeavors (of which religion is the supreme example) that humans have engaged in to overcome the nihility confronting them. Nihilism was born from the midst of religion, and has the same sublime loftiness as religion. At the same time, it can be likened to a new virus that burst forth into the world, bearing the power to invalidate all previous religions and incapable of being cured by any religion. It is characterized by a complete negativity and self-enclosure (heisasei 閉 鎖性) that no human-centered religion preaching the quest for inner meaning can resolve. There is no way to deal with nihilism from the outside.
(--in Nishitani’s Philosophy of Emptinessin “Emptiness and Immediacy” by Hase Shōtō)
The nihilism that has erupted from the highest office of American government cannot be overcome from the outside.
And those on the inside are, it seems, too smitten with the boons of ill-gotten gain to bite the hand that feeds them.
The perversity is staggering.
The upcoming election looms.
There was a zoom gathering this morning on Men and Loss.
Grief resounds and will continue to for the next few weeks of uncertain outcome