Suppose there were nothing. Then there would be no laws; for laws, after all, are something. If there were no laws, then everything would be permitted. If everything were permitted, then nothing would be forbidden. So if there were nothing, nothing would be forbidden. Thus nothing is self-forbidding. Therefore, there must be something. QED.
isn’t this what they call circular reasoning or something the like? anyway, think there’s a simpler way of ceasing to be a Nothing-believer. to realise that “Nothing” is just a concept. it’s a mere placeholder. people use ‘nothing’ in their daily lives, and they think they know what it means. they really don’t. they say “there’s nothing in the empty glass.” the glass is littered with microorganisms, particles, dust, you know. it doesn’t contain “nothing.” there is no nothing. the glass contains oxygen.
air is filled with stuff. air is actually a gaseous substance surrounding the earth.
so the “nothing” that people believe in is a sentimental notion. it’s a reified notion. even a valorised notion. it’s something used to say the glass doesn’t contain visible dirt, doesn’t contain water or any other liquids. “for all intents and purposes the glass contains nothing, but actually it contains air, microorganisms, dust.” people believe in illusions.
i figured this shit out on my own, but here’s from Science:
NEW YORK — It was all much ado about nothing as physicists and thinkers came together to debate the concept of nothing Wednesday (March 20) here at the American Museum of Natural History.
The simple idea of nothing, a concept that even toddlers can understand, proved surprisingly difficult for the scientists to pin down, with some of them questioning whether such a thing as nothing exists at all.
The first, most basic idea of nothing — empty space with nothing in it — was quickly agreed not to be nothing. In our universe, even a dark, empty void of space, absent of all particles, is still something.
people who believe in “Nothing after death” are believing in an infantile notion. a plebeian mundane quotidian concept. even “the sky is blue” is a bit less infantile. but the sky is actually multicolor.
some posit a “deeper nothing” — but they can’t really say anything about that — it’s just another concept. “b-but…”. they don’t know that; except in a nonlinguistic manner, in a manner that you can’t describe. ‘neti neti’ they say in Sanskrit. meaning ‘not this, not this.’ which is not the same notion as most people have when they use the the placeholder “Nothing”. Nihilists—and those are very common, a fair amount of people of all classes, as Nietzsche said ~ 200 years ago, and which has come true—believe in the placeholder concept. they are literally transposing. projecting. transference. it’s the same as transferring the image of a secret-handshake schemer onto every single Jew. or a slaveholder onto every single white man. it’s a notion. abstracted and transposed. it’s not nothing. it’s the absence of what you are looking for. looking for liquid or visible dirt in a glass? see none? you’ve got a placeholder for that: “nothing.” opening a room to answer a question “what’s there?” nothing but a floor, walls, etc. right. “nothing.” in a room littered with mycobacteria, dust. never literal nothing.
your nothing is a superstition. the real nothing is God.
that’s how magic works.