Moreover, unstable oscillation between two extremes tends to arise.

Groundlessness is not a stable, fixed state. Nor is it passive.

All living systems constantly rebalance state to achieve equilibrium.

Nishitani says accepting groundlessness avoids nihilism, absolutism, oscillation between them.

Phrases like "dark night of the soul" &
"cloud of unknowing" used to describe this state.

Results of practicing it include openness, compassion, harmony with nature, joy, strength, peace.

Avoiding relativism & reductionism, drawing energy & inspiration from silence
are all very good for design.
Requires generosity, patience, courage, compassion, etc. (c.f. Buddhist 6 paramitas, e.g., in (Trungpa 1991)).

Nishida's logic of topoi (places) is also an approch to groundlessness:

his highest (most abstract) topos is absolute emptiness.
(Very different from Aristotle's notion of topos.)

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