One day when Fa-yen Wen-i (885-958), one of the well known Chinese Ch'an masters, has ascended his seat. From the assembly, a monk came out and asked:
-What is one drop of water from the fount of Tsao-ch'i?
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'.