A pile of 10,000 bricks for example.
No matter how often you dump them down with your bulldozer, it will stay a pile of 10,000 bricks (if you don't break any of them) (do you have a bulldozer?!).
But when you place them carefully and according to a build-a-house plan, they can together become a shape we recognize and call a "house".
The number of bricks is still the same, but to us it's not a pile of bricks anymore.
The bricks don't care... I think the bricks don't care... OK, I'll ask them.
The "house" is just another combination of these bricks, but it's not a random combination any more. Because a pile is useless to us, we call it "nothing", and when the collective shape becomes recognizable and useful, we call it "something".
So, only the combinations we can recognize & label are "something" to us.
"fdrine" is a five letter combination that you'll skip as being nonsense, but the same letters can also spell "friend".
Most combinations of letters and figures, much more than 99 percent, don't mean a thing to us. 6NJn˛I‚àµx BOS~úP ûß •”«(„¬) ÚÌVsü,≤‚6¬ú ∂ÀQÒ◊Áﬂ¶„2u ˚•G≠G^ Á¶)K ﬂÛÓ3ˇ
Down here are two images. Both have 1757 white and 743 black pixels, but you'll probably say the first one is "nothing" and the other is "a face".