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What's the deal with emptiness?
I know emptiness isn't nothingness, and that it refers to things having no permanent essence or self owing to dependent origination. But my question is, in what way does that help? Let's say I experience a certain emotion now - the emotion doesn't have an essence, isn't permanent. In this sense, it is empty. But this knowledge is not going to stop the emotion from occurring, or stop me from reacting. Things go on as they always did, and knowledge of emptiness hasnt changed anythjng.
So why do some schools emphasize it so much?