11. THE FUNCTION OF THE NON-EXISTENT.
1. Thirty spokes unite in one nave and on that which is non-existent [on the hole in the nave] depends the wheel's utility. Clay is moulded into a vessel and on that which is non-existent [on its hollowness] depends the vessel's utility. By cutting out doors and windows we build a house and on that which is p. 80 non-existent [on the empty space within] depends the house's utility.
2. Therefore, existence renders actual but non-existence renders useful.
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