Can emptiness be understood as a conservation law? In other words, is it true that to posit a true end to any existent is to necessarily presuppose that it truly existed before it ended? Another way of saying it, to posit that with death and the break up of the body that a person truly ended is to presuppose that the person truly existed in the body beforehand?
Doesn't viewing the true destruction of a chariot presuppose that the chariot truly existed in the first place?
Doesn't viewing the true destruction of the body presuppose that the body truly existed in the first place?
Can an illusion ever truly end? Or does illusion necessarily give birth to subsequent moments of new illusion?
To my understanding a person is an impermanent ever changing phenomenon. That the person is like an illusion that continues from moment to moment in this life. If that is so, then how is death different? Doesn't supposing a true end for an illusion-like phenomenon necessarily imply that someone has mistaken the illusion for something real? Is this one consequence of the equation emptiness === form?