chapter  4
27 Pages

Emptying ecology

Nothingness, language, and encountering things
ByEric S. Nelson

Previous chapters elucidated nurturing life, cooperating with natural tendencies, and recognizing the intrinsic value of things in their own singular moment of life. They also began to articulate the uses of the “not” in wu- expressions, strategies of emptying and unfixing entangling fixations, and indicative concepts such as emptiness, nothingness, and uselessness that play crucial roles in early Daoist discourses. The current chapter clarifies these apparently negative expressions and strategies in relation to how they release things and their contemporary ecological significance.