Thirty spokes share the wheel’s hub;
It is the center hole that makes it useful.
Shape clay into a vessel;
It is the space within that makes it useful.
Cut doors and windows for a room;
It is the holes which make it useful.
Therefore benefit comes from what is there;
Usefulness from what is not there.
Jane English & Gia-fu Feng 1989
“I gotta look at things as if they’re just happening, because sometimes what I see is really, really annoying…” Anon
The axle hole, the empty cup, the empty space are useful.
We use the space in the wheel, the cup, the room. We can fill the emptiness in the wheel and cup and room to our benefit.
The rest of what I initially wrote here has been removed because the following question appeared after I had written much about this chapter:
“What would the open places fill with if I did not fill them with myself? “