I see two valuable ways of interacting with the life force, expressed in a very simplified way, it surely has grounds for discussion but nevertheless:
A reflecting one, the more you empty yourself the more you are able to mirror the 10.000 things around you, you become a reflecting mirror, ‘erasing’ your own pains and memories through empty practice you become useful and helpful for the world in pain, you strive for emptiness, you let go of yourself whole the time = buddhist path
A creative one, ‘transforming’ your own pains and memories and using the life force to create action and dynamic for a better world, you strive for fullness, you question yourself whole the time = daoist path
Both are needed. We need mirrors to reflect our inner problems and stagnations as we need dynamic to create new pathways and possibilities.
Depends what your goal is in this life: being the empty painting that holds every potential to become a beautiful piece of art or being the painter who needs an empty painting to create the piece of art with full bright colors.
The intention to find out who is better than, is worthless, yet brings dynamic and food for thoughts, as long as you don’t get fixed that one path is more valuable.
If both could couple what a beautiful child it would create…the empty creator or the creative emptiness, what an incredible potential and what an ultimate contradiction and that is exactly what it is…