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I say “empty” and do not think of a void, but what voids may contain: the gas gauge on E; a pot devoid of coffee, my bed devoid of you. We are incapable of comprehending a nothingness that does not reference something; but we make symbols for such vacuousness. The phrase “I don’t know” is an example: it is a symbol for what we do not know we lack.

We find what we seek: ancient astronomers sought circular orbits and found them in their epicycles, Khan’s invisible cities were different cities and the same city exactly: “The inferno of the living is not some thing that will be; if there is one, it is what is already here, the inferno where we live every day, that we form by being together.”

We observe reflections of self in what we experience so others may infer our desires via what we see: ancients thought circles to be a perfect shape and that the heavens a priori were perfect; or Eddington upon hearing Chandrasekhar say “A star of large mass cannot pass into the white dwarf stage,” exclaim “I think there should be a law of nature to prevent a star from behaving in this absurd way.” “The sky takes the attributes of what fills it.”