are made up notions
that are a complication
of the particular way our brains
happen to work. Buddhists
will tell you that a state of emptiness
, of nothingness, is englightenment
. There is logic
behind this. Because thought is a reductive process
, and truthfully, the difference between something and nothing can only be apprehended by thought
Or put differently, nothing is good or bad (or nothing or something) but thinking makes it so
Or, the difference between any two things is in the eye of the beholder. To two different eyes, the universe has an entirely different shape - and nothingness, or its absence, is really a conceptual shortcut. Nothing in nature is empty, even by our own measurement. Nothing is a placeholder. A gear in our cognitive machine.
So the Buddhist's point is that by approaching the state where you are empty, where you do not think, you discover the similarity and diversity of all things. In other words, you apprehend the all the simultaneous possibilities of all the possible interpretations of the moment - which is an incoherent, chaotic jumble from which nothing useful can be deduced, but then... it's thought's job to be useful, and Buddha's nature to be enlightened.