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about that god-shaped hole.

Blaise Pascal is often attributed to talking about a "God-shaped hole". The actual quote is below: 

What else does this craving, and this helplessness, proclaim but that there was once in man a true happiness, of which all that now remains is the empty print and trace?

This he tries in vain to fill with everything around him, seeking in things that are not there the help he cannot find in those that are, though none can help, since this infinite abyss can be filled only with an infinite and immutable object; in other words by God himself.

This came up in a book club not too long ago and there were some interesting thoughts thrown around. 

If, in fact, there is some kind of vacuum (to use that metaphor) that can only be filled by God, we should remember a few things: 

When the "vacuum" is filled it will be filled with

Paradox. 
Mystery.
Space.
Metaphor.
Doubt.

And probably not feel very filled.

There are all kinds of things to fill that space with, that will feel much more filled but will probably be false. 

So maybe we just let the vacuum be what it is supposed to be, our best chance to connect with God that is already there. 

it's getting real.

they're not coming back.