Renowned philosopher Alan Watts shares his compiled thoughts on the importance of “nothingness.”

Most of us tend to think of nothingness as the opposite of “somethingness.”

If we spend a day sitting on the couch, or generally being “unproductive”… we say we did nothing, usually in a detrimental way. Society tells us we need to make “something” of our lives, rather than nothing. Which is to say, don’t be nothing.

Yet, as Alan Watts shares in this fantastic clip below, you can’t have something without nothing (also known as ‘space’). He says:

“Space and form go together, as the fundamental things we’re dealing with in this universe.”

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What do you think about “nothing?” Share your thoughts in the comments!