In the beginning, there was nothing. There was nothing to see, and nothing to see it with; there was nothing to feel, and nothing to feel it with. We don’t know why the nothing turned into something. We have asked science, and science tells us what might have happened, but we don’t know; nobody was there.
So when the nothing became the something that became the world we see, science measured and measured; science made equations and formulas; science thought of theories and hazarded hypotheses, but we can never know why the nothing became something.
Science is where the story stops.
That is the first beginning, but it is not the best one.
I will tell you the story, but if you believe it you are a fool. Science tells us not to be foolish. I will tell you the story, but if you disbelieve it, you are a fool. Religion tell us that without a story, true or false, the people will wither away. It is a story that keeps us rooted; it is a story that makes us real.
As I was saying, in the beginning, there was nothing. Now the great thing about nothing, is that it’s very small. It is also very large. Nothing is like nothing else, and the reason it is like nothing else is that it doesn’t need a container. Nothing, by definition, can’t have a container; if it had a container, it wouldn’t be nothing anymore. It would be the space inside a container, but it wouldn’t be nothing.
That is why nothing is so hard for people to understand. We all want the nothing to have a container, but it doesn’t. It can’t even be contained by our minds. That is why some people think the nothing is God; nothing, not even our minds, can contain it.
It was nothing for a very long time, without flaw, without a container, without being or thought or meaning; it tried and tried and tried to be the same, always being nothing, but it failed. To be nothing is to be perfect; there is no flaw, no feeling, no reality.
How did nothing change into something? My dear friend says it got bored. I respect my friend very much, but I have to disagree; there was nothing to get bored, so that is not what happened.
I think that the nothing got bigger and bigger and bigger until it hit something, and the thing it hit was itself, and from that collision came everything we see.