We make a vessel from a lump of clay; It is the empty space within the vessel that makes it useful; We make doors and windows for a room; But it is the empty spaces that make the room livable; Thus, while the tangible has advantages; It is the intangible that makes it useful.
—tao te ching
laughter so easily turns to hysteria for imaginative children. i felt for weeks after that i had been very, very sick, and until i completely recovered my strength i stood on laughter’s cliff and any funny thing could hurl me off to my death far below.
Feathers filled the small room. Our laughter kept the feathers in the air. I thought about birds. Could they fly is there wasn’t someone, somewhere, laughing?
—jonathan safran foer