Nothing Comes from Nothing

Deep thoughts as well as “duh” moments can come from the most mundane actions.

This morning I was walking around the house, waiting for it to heat up, and I marveled at my good fortune to own such a place. I wondered what I had done to deserve such largesse, but the truth is, none of us ever truly deserve either the good or the bad that happens to us. The best we can do, I think, is survive the bad times and be grateful for the good.

Because of this internal discussion, I found myself humming the refrain from that song, “Nothing comes from nothing, nothing ever could.”

And that’s when my thoughts went into a whole other direction. If nothing can come from nothing, where did we get something? It’s not possible to have nothing and then have something because something has to come from something. (This is not a religious discussion — I know all the various religious beliefs. This is just my mind playing games with me.) So I got to thinking that neither infinity nor time (assuming time exists and isn’t just a construct of our minds) can be a straight line because a straight line connotes a beginning if not an end. So I thought infinity had to a circle. And then, as I continued down that same mental path, I thought that infinity was probably more akin to a mobius strip than a circle, and that’s when the “duh” hit.

The symbol for infinity is a mobius strip — a sideways 8 — a structure that has no beginning and no end.

And I knew that.

Of course, then there is the whole discussion of where time and the actual figure eight structure of the universe came into being, if in fact it did, but I think I’ll stop here around about where I began, somewhere in the middle of the mobius strip I call my mind.

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7 Responses to “Nothing Comes from Nothing”

  1. Estragon Says:

    Thinking about the word “nothing”, and the lyric, “nothing comes from nothing, and nothing ever could”. What is “nothing”? Is it a zero (unspecified, but discrete) “thing”? What is this absent “thing”? Is an absent thing, still a thing?

    • Pat Bertram Says:

      Sheesh. As if I needed another abstract thought to ponder! But now that I am pondering “nothing,” it almost seems as if “nothing” is sort of a thing in itself.

  2. Uthayanan Says:

    Your topic made me think something.
    I asked one day my wife I feel you feel like thinking in abstract.
    She has replied yes it helps sometimes to get clear idea.
    My mother in law said once men think only black and white never grey.
    Never thinking of mixer of black and white.
    I don’t want to generalize men and women.
    I don’t know but lot of conversation with my grandmother, my mother, my sister, and my wife (every body left from this world) thought they think differently than me.
    By curiosity I have searched by google
    Nothing
    Traductions de “nothing”
    nom
    le rien
    nothing, naught, nothingness, nil, nix, zilch

    le zéro
    zero, nil, nothing, naught, cipher, cypher

    la nullité
    nullity, nonentity, nothing, incompetence, uselessness, nobody

    When I was a child I thought where the sky stops ? My answer is in infinity
    Anyway thinking of something is better than nothing

  3. Malcolm R. Campbell Says:

    Now I’m humming that Sound of Music song.


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