Zero Sum theory says that if one earns an amount of money, there MUST BE another one lost exactly the same amount of money. Bundle with Buddhism (空, 无), one shall NOT care about money ... as all will go back to dust eventually, anyway.
Malpf would like to introduce this sign "=", an EQUAL sign.
Basically an equal sign separates out the left and right sides. The sum of left side IS EXACTLY the SAME as the sum of right side. For example,
0=0, A=A, $=$
So when you were born, you had nothing, its 0=0 .... when you die, you will have nothing left ... its again 0=0.
So you begin with Nothing and you end with Nothing. But does that necessary means you should have Nothing in between ?
One of the rules to keep this equal sign functional is that whenever you add or subtracts something from the left side, you HAVE TO do the same on the right side. For example;
(1) + 0 = 0 + (1)
1 = 1
If you spend some effort (+1 left side) on something, you will always get something (+1 right side) back.
Some people's life can stay 0=0 their entire lives. Some goes up to 10=10 before getting back to 0=0. Some lazy bumps goes down to -10=-10. Some extraordinary folks reach their 100=100 targets.
When you dig deeper, there are always some stories. some are
1 + 2 + 7 = 5 + 5
while others are
2 + 5 + 3 = 1 + 9
different paths, different methods but either way, they are 10 = 10
The thing is ... it doesn't really matter or more correctly speaking, it doesn't really bother the Universe. As long as it is kept balance; the left side equals the right side, the Universe allows it to happen.
Guess what ? It is REALLY UP TO YOU what you want the equation to be. Just work on one side, the other side will automatically equal out.
So do you want to believe in Zero Sum, 空 and do nothing
or do you want to decide what to put on the left side of your equation ?