What is Nonexistent


The wheel’s hub holds 30 spokes
Utility depends on the hole through the hub.
The potter’s clay forms a vessel
It is the space within that serves.
A house is built with solid walls
The nothingness of window and door alone renders it usable,
That which exists may be transformed
What is nonexistent has boundless uses.

Laozi, founder of philosophical Taoism

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3 Responses to What is Nonexistent

  1. momist says:

    Wow – that’s a keeper!

  2. rickbowles says:

    Excellent, onward to emptiness . . .

  3. visualjay says:

    The empty bottle
    Is the one that brings the most happiness…

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