Events have no intrinsic meaning

If a doe dies in the woods, and no one is there to cry about it, is it intrinsically or inherently sad?


The death of a friend, losing a job, or failure of a business is not intrinsically bad; getting a puppy, earning a promotion, or falling in love is not intrinsically good. It just is. We as humans ascribe and project these meanings.

Buddhists say that life’s events are “empty,” because among nature’s atoms and physical laws, all events are intrinsically and inherently empty of meaning.