Enlightenment means realizing our nature as vastness, limitlessness, and, yes, emptiness. Emptiness, I realize, has a bad name, but it is the source of all creativity. When we move into the space where we are empty of our own egoistic concerns, our own ideas of right and wrong, our own cultural prejudices, we can find empathy with others who do not share our perspective. Good fiction and poetry can do this for us, but first, the creators of such work have to come from that place themselves. This is why truly great literature is, by definition, spiritual.