Dictionary.com's definitions of the word "brokenness" help me re-evaluate this word and maybe brings me a little closer to what this idea really is. Here are some of its definitions:
ruptured; torn; fractured.
not functioning properly; out of working order.
fragmentary or incomplete: a broken ton of coal weighing1,500 pounds.
infringed or violated: A broken promise is a betrayal of trust.
interrupted, disrupted, or disconnected: After the phone call he returned to his broken sleep.
weakened in strength, spirit, etc.: His broken health was dueto alcoholism.
tamed, trained, or reduced to submission: The horse wasbroken to the saddle.
ruined; bankrupt: the broken fortunes of his family.
I want to look more into the idea of brokenness being a type of bankruptcy and emptiness, of it being an incompleteness.
But until then . . .
This is a song that has the word broken in it. Hahaha :) But really, it's a good one! :)