moment you think “Why there is…” is the moment of creation of something.
Thinking mind is the creator which also created the Creator.
In Philosophy there is a standard
Principle of Sufficient Reason. Fundamentally this principle
relies on the belief (or somewhat logical trust) that there is a
coherent reason for everything… all the way up and all the way down, so
to speak. It suggests that for every circumstance there is a reason
why it happened... there is a cause. Parallel to this principle is
the notion, “ex nihilo nihil fit” ("No thing can come from Nothing").
These two ideas are commonly considered to be true A priori, meaning,
they are known to be true independent of experience. If true, they
essentially deny the possibility that Something could spring from Nothing,
and that for every Something there is an explanation as to how it came
to be like it is. And, since we are obviously engulfed with a great
deal of Something, there has always been Something. One can argue
for or against this principle, but even if it is accepted, a question arises
whether or not this principle must be confined within some logical domain.
For instance, if you believe that God is the creator of all things, can
you make this principle apply to Him? Can you logically ask the classical,
childlike question, “If God created everything, who or what created God?”
It seems to me that regardless of whether one believes in God or not, we
are logically forced to reach a limit for the domain of The Principle of
Sufficient Reason when it comes to the question, “Why is there Something,
rather than Nothing?”. This appears to be an unanswerable question,
not because it is so difficult to determine, but rather because it is in
and of itself a paradox. And while it appears to be a question, semantically,
it is, in fact, a puzzle with no valid solution. Having said that,
it is, I feel, a marvelous puzzle.
The mind is forever hungry for something;
it might say to you, "give me something" (to do, see, think about).
Our deep and eternal Nothing...bores
Nothing is far more wonderful than
something can ever hope to be, but the mind's desire requires a bit of
Even though a complete and accurate
answer is impossible to comprehend, the question is a good one. It
is more of a statement than a question. And it leads an inquisitive
mind into new areas of comprehension.
Galileo, in his day, surprised real
thinkers with his astronomical description of orbits. But he did
not revolutionize the way we actually think. He helped to move us
away from the center of the Universe, but did not really offer us new ways
of comprehending reality itself. Newton and Einstein did that.
Newton got us to look under our skin and into the ethers, where he described
gravity as omnipresent, instantaneous, and beyond spatial limitation.
Einstein then took the squared up world of Euclid and Newton and bent it
into a neo-amorphous equivalency of mass and energy. It became "neo-amorphous"
in that there is structure, even architecture, at work in space and time,
but not in the rigid sort of way that provides a snug place we can call
These thinkers dealt with
the question of FORM. What shape does it assume? How will shape
morph over time? Even such questions as: "What is the shape of time?"
The question, "Why is there something, rather than nothing?" provided the
fuel to tackle reality's structure, yet it remained and remains unresolved.
Fuel cannot be explained. It simply burns.
This question leads us to
Allegory of the Cave. We no longer just sense that we are watching
shadows on the wall of the cave, we are absolutely certain of it... once
we have the good sense to drop our parochial and prejudicial way of looking
The question separates the
pomp from circumstance, annihilates it, and leaves us both more empty and
more vital. Hence I thank you for asking the question. I will
leave you with a few questions of my own:
1) Is reality simulated?
2) Is reality bounded or unbounded?
3) Have we imagined the quantum
world, or vice versa?
4) Are we a single Being with faceted
consciousness, or are we discrete beings with localized consciousness?
5) Does the universe arise from
an urge to oppose?
6) If my head remains too fixed
in the clouds, will I drive my chariot over a cliff?
because there is! Thanks to D H Lawrence.
What makes you so sure there isn't
Well, if there is nothing (Nothing),
then what are you doing there?
Otherwise we all would have missed
the opportunity to watch Meryl Streep.
Because if there weren't, the question
would hold no interest.
If there was nothing, you'd still
You could always pinch yourself
to be a little more certain that there is something, but then there is
the question of who is pinching whom, if anyone or any thing at all.
Things that appear self-evident might well be illusory, or contain some
conceptual flaw. In any event, the following might provide you with
some lingering, poetic doubt (thanks to Steve Windwood):
thinking that Neil Young more or less got it right when he wrote and sang,
"Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere!" Listen here:
Nothing doesn't exist,
Can only exist as Something
Nothing can never be nothing
Something is always something,
true to its name.
My daughter was recently given a
box, handed to her by a neighbor girl with Down Syndrome. The possibilities
of what might be in the box seemed endless. Then she opened it, surprised
that it was empty. It made her laugh, thinking something was inside,
yet found nothing. She has kept the box. Why? Because
she found humor in nothing, which made the nothing, something.
A monk asked Zen Master Joshu (Chao-Chou)
“What is the depth of the deep?”
The master said, “How long has
there been a ‘deep’?”
The monk said, “The deep has been
here for ever.”
The master said, “Fortunately,
you met me; you almost became someone who was ‘deeped’ to death.”