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If everything blinked out of existence, there would remain only a vacuum of infinite space. If consciousness arose, it would know only infinite space. But if it became aware of consciousness, then it could differentiate the two. If the consciousness had memory, it could differentiate the points between the knowledge of space and the knowledge of consciousness. It could thereby reveal something else, something that would have always been there, paradoxically hidden in the vacuum. Time. The thing/no-thingness of Nibbana might be compared to that. Time.
2 things come to mind when reading this.
I don't know if there would be time without distance between points.
Horror vacui - Infinite space is still something as space itself has properties that manifest as potential/virtual particles that get pulled out of space, take up space for a little bit and then get replaced before they can go back... nature abhors a vacuum.
You're asking me to poop before I'm done digesting.
It takes a while to suck all the nutrients out.
In high school I used to induce these during a boring presentation or video by gently pressing on my eyeballs with eyes closed.
I'd see how far into a tunnel I could get before it hurt too much.
Super Size Me
"The fish trap exists because of the fish. Once you've gotten the fish, you can forget about the trap. The rabbit snare exists because of the rabbit. Once you've gotten the rabbit, you can forget about the snare. Words exist because of the meaning. Once you've gotten the meaning, you can forget about the words. Where can I find someone who's forgotten the words so I can talk with him?"