Why Does Qualia Matter? Because qualia helps matter endure, just as the hexagon shape helps the snowflake endure. But the hexagon has no material existence. The qualia we notice stills the chaos of matter, briefly, and makes the world knowable.
The mind that chooses its own qualia is empty.
Thirty spokes unite in a nave, but the nothingness in the hub
Gives rise to its usefulness, for thereupon it goes round.
– Tao Te Ching