There’s this thin line between something being empty or not present and highly conceptual:
the room has only two pieces of furniture — how can one tell from the outside if the person who lives there doesn’t have resources to equip the room or they are an intentional extreme minimalist (yay fads)?
the person wears no clothes — are they a hippy nudist who wants to go to that kind of beaches (no judgement!) or they are a we-need-to-be-closer-to-mother-nature, tree-hugging, anti-consumption naturalist?
the desktop of a computer doesn’t have any icons on it — is the user not literate with modern computers or they are relentlessly keeping it tidy to increase productivity?
the person sits without moving — are they simply relaxing or perhaps they are in a deepest stage of a meditative process?
there’s a picture of a naked person on a wall — is it a vulgar photo or a piece of art?
I like that parables and stories make it easier to decide for me. Is it emperor’s new clothes or pearls before swines?
As always, it’s not about the phenomenon, but rather the person. If you would go to the bar, would you use the bartender to get the drink or the drink to get the bartender?