One day Yao-shan Wei-yen (750-834), one of the well-known Chinese Ch'an master, was asked by the host of the monastery to give his sermon to the assembly who for a long while was expecting his teaching. Yao-shan said: "Strike the bell."
I feel that it was reflective of a particular view [...] at the time.
It makes some sense to assume that before there was 'something', there was nothing.
I liked that it parallels the idea of vacuum: the separation between the "Earth" and the "Sky" (the stars), and also the Zen/Buddhist idea of contrast/inter-conditioned existence which by being so is suggested to be 'empty'/'delusional'.